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Biography

Mat gained his love of music from lessons at school in the early 2000s. His principal instrument is the Saxophone however he has moulded himself into a multi-instrumentalist on the Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano.

In 2010, Mat embarked on a Music Degree at The University of Hull where he focused his studies on Solo and Ensemble Performance and Conducting. Whilst at University, Mat had chance to develop his performance skills under a variety of inspirational tutors including Iain Harrison and Carolyn Beedle (Saxophone), Ian Denley (Bassoon), Kate Hart (Clarinet) and Jo Peach (Piano).

Since graduation, Mat has been working as a woodwind teacher in and around Nottingham alongside developing a strong portfolio of conducting and performing experience with various ensembles in the region. He also continues to study the piano with local teacher Antony Clare and develop his teaching skills through enrolment on various courses and CPD sessions.

In 2018, Mat was appointed as director of the Torkard Academy Project in Hucknall. This is a creative hub for under 18s, that provides accessible and affordable musical opportunities for the area. Under Mat's leadership the scheme has developed and grown significantly.

Mat is passionate about making music accessible for both listeners and performers and providing inspirational experiences for younger students. This has led to the recent formation of "The Mat Davis Orchestra", an amateur orchestra aiming to engage audiences and provide a valuable training experience for younger musicians.

Mat is a member of The Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Relevant Qualifications

  • BMus(Hons) HULL (2013)

  • TRINITY CME (Music Education) (2017)

  • DipABRSM (Saxophone Performance) (2012)

  • ABRSM Grade 8 Alto Saxophone (2010)

  • ABRSM Grade 7 Piano (2018)

  • ABRSM Grade 6 Bassoon (2014)

  • ABRSM Grade 6 Clarinet (2013)

  • ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory (2010)

  • ABRSM Grade 1 Jazz Piano (2016)

  • TRINITY Grade 4 Double Bass (2019)

  • NCC Special Educational Needs Course - Level 3 (2017)

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Performing Experience

Mat has extensive performing experience in both a solo and ensemble capacity. As a soloist, Mat has performed Saxophone Concertos with J26 Sinfonietta and the Humberside Police Concert Band, performed in solo recitals, and appeared as a guest performer in concerts. He also has significant ensemble experience in a wide variety of contexts, performing with many groups including:

  • Ravenshead Swing band: Saxophones/ Clarinet/ Flute

  • Stardust Big Band: Piano

  • Big Band Theory, Hull: Piano/ Bandleader

  • The Terry Peter's Big Band: Tenor Saxophone

  • Nottingham Symphony Orchestra: Saxophone

  • Derby Concert Orchestra: Saxophone

  • Derby Concert Band: Saxophone

  • Pure Sax Saxophone Quartet, Yorkshire: Tenor Saxophone

  • University of Hull Symphony Orchestra: Bassoon

  • J26 Sinfonietta: Bassoon

  • Nottinghamshire Police Concert Band: Bassoon

  • Humberside Police Concert Band: Saxophone

  • The Torkard Ensemble: Bassoon

  • The University of Nottingham Gilbert and Sullivan Society: Bassoon/ Double Bass

  • Musical Theatre Show Bands: Grease/ Oliver/ The Wizard of Oz/ Little Shop of Horrors/ James and the Giant Peach/ The Light in the Piazza/ HMS Pinafore/ We Will Rock You/ Our House.