The Company Index
Matthew Drury, Company Pianist, was born in Bury, and studied piano at the Royal Northern
College of Music with the Marjorie Clementi, winning the prestigious Alfred Clay Award for Piano, the Sir
Charles Hallé Scholarship and the John Ireland Prize in accompaniment. In 1996 he was a beneficiary
of the Countess of Munster Trust enabling him to further his musical studies at the RNCM. During this time
he received instruction from John Wilson and gave his services as an accompanist at the RNCM. As a teacher
he has worked at Manchester High School for Girls, been a practice supervisor at Chetham's School of Music,
played for Salford Music Service and led choral classes at Manchester City College. He has been the Musical
Director and Conductor for the Youth Theatre Group 'Buddies' and taught piano at Scarisbrick Hall School,
Leigh 6th Form College, Kingswood College and became a music teacher at St. Christopher's CE High School,
Accrington whilst attaining Qualified Teacher Status from Edge Hill College, Ormskirk. As a performer he
has been orchestral pianist for Lesley Garret in Hull, accompanist for various European tours with St.
Christopher's CE High School, recording a recital with a saxophonist for BBC Radio 2, and was pianist for a
charity dinner given by the stars of Coronation Street. He also performs regularly in the duo 'Sticks 'n'
Tones' which, founded in 2000 by the percussionist Helen Davies, includes appearances at the Peebles Arts
Festival. In September 2004 he joined the staff of Elmhurst School for Dance. He also plays for the Royal
Ballet School Outreach Programme. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006 and during his time with the
Company, he has toured internationally, including directing performances of Elite Syncopations. In
2012, he was asked to co-write a piece to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee celebrations entitled
Lancashire Hill Country which was performed to Her Majesty in May.
Last updated September 2012.
Matthew Drury; photo: Andrew Ross