Matthew Holmes is a composer and trumpeter from Oxford currently studying composition under Dr Oliver Searle at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Matthew’s love of composing came from orchestral writing and his first major premiere came in 2014 of his “Sinfonia in Memoriam” – which was written for the Centenary of the start of WW1 and performed by the Oxfordshire Festival Orchestra on November 15th 2014. Matthew continued to write several pieces for the centenary over the past couple of years including “fallen in the cause of the free”, for string quintet, which was written to accompany Simon O’Corra’s paintings, “The Realities of War”. Over the past year Matthew has also amassed a large collection of chamber works, including “Flux” for wind quintet, “Parsec” for Clarinet, Cello and Piano and “According to my Pet Cello” for Accordion, Cello and Trumpet which was performed by the Red Note Ensemble in 2015. In September 2016, The Oxfordshire Festival Orchestra are performing Matthew’s “Eclipse” for Solo Tuba and Orchestra.