Born in Bury, Matthew Drury, Company Pianist, began piano lessons with local teacher Raymond Burrill after hearing a recording of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto. He later studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, firstly under Martin Roscoe and then with Marjorie Clementi. Upon gaining his music degree he worked as a freelance musician, eventually becoming a music teacher in Accrington. In 2004 he secured the position of pianist at Birmingham’s Elmhurst School for Dance and two years later joined Birmingham Royal Ballet where he has toured extensively, both in the UK and overseas. In 2012, he co-wrote a choral piece Lancashire Hill Country with teacher and percussionist Helen Davies, a performance of which was given to Her Majesty the Queen in honour of the Diamond Jubilee. Matthew lives in Staffordshire with his wife, son and dog, Oscar.
Meet Marlo, our Dance Track graduate
Dance Track works with 30 primary schools and more than 2,500 children in Birmingham, identifying those with the potential to be the ballet dancers of the future. Read about one of our participants who has recently accepted a place at Elmhurst School for Dance.