Matthew Horn

Performer · Teacher · Arranger

Matthew Horn is a professional freelance French horn player based in London. He has played with orchestras including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Matthew studied for his Master of Music (Distinction) at the Royal College of Music as a Derek Butler Scholar and a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award Holder, with Simon Rayner, Jeff Bryant, Tim Jones and Nigel Black. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Guildhall School as the James Anthony Horne Award Holder, where he studied with David Pyatt, Jonathan Lipton, Richard Bissill, Roger Montgomery and Alec Frank-Gemmill. He has also studied with Hugh Seenan, Simon de Souza and Laura Tanner.

Matthew has won awards with his chamber ensembles, including the Elias Fawcett Prize for Outstanding Ensemble with his wind quintet, Ensemble Solaire, in the final of the 66th Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition (2018), as well as the Boconnoc Music Award (2017). He has performed Anthony Payne’s Horn Trio, live on BBC Radio 3, at the BBC Proms Extra Event, Composers in Conversation, in July 2016, which led to being invited to the British Horn Society Festival 2016 as a solo artist. Other recent solo performances include Britten’s Canticle III in the Barbican Hall in April 2016, and a wind quintet recital in Wigmore Hall in March 2017.

Matthew has recorded in Abbey Road with Pink Floyd on their album: “Wish You Were Here Symphonic”.

Matthew is currently a member of the Musicians' Union.


Professional Orchestra Experience

Royal Opera House Orchestra - Extra: Third
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Bumper
Philharmonia Orchestra - Bumper
Chameleon Arts Orchestra: Second




Orchestral Training

RCM Symphony Orchestra - Principal
Chipping Campden Festival Orchestra - Second
Verbier Festival Orchestra - Bumper, Seventh
RCM Symphony Orchestra - Principal





Royal College of Music

Master of Music (Distinction)
October 2016 - September 2017

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Bmus (Hons)
September 2012 - July 2016


Who do I teach?

I teach the horn to students of all ages and abilities in one-to-one lessons. I teach a number of children who play in youth orchestras in London, and one of them is currently playing in the National Children’s Orchestra on a full scholarship. I also teach a number of adult students who have either picked up the horn from scratch, or are returning to the horn having not played in recent years.

Matthew has Public Liability Insurance through being a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and also has a DBS certificate.

How do I teach?

I am an enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader, keen to share my knowledge and experience. My teaching method is to build solid foundations in horn playing technique and help my students develop a good sound quality. This takes place alongside studying pieces of music, with the option of working towards ABRSM exams if desired.

Where do I teach?

I am based in Finsbury Park, London and I do most of my teaching in Finsbury Park, Manor House, Holloway, Highbury, Stoke Newington, Haringey and Crouch End. However, I am happy to travel to students in different parts of London depending on my availability.

When do I teach?

As I am predominantly a performer, most of my teaching takes place early in the week, on Mondays and Tuesdays. I have regular slots available but lessons may need to be rescheduled on performance days.


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Ten Christmas Carols for Four Hand Horns in Different Keys (Score and Parts)

  1. Angels from the Realms of Glory performed by Anneke Scott.



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These Ten Christmas Carols are intended to be played on natural horns using the hand horn technique, although it is possible to play on the valve horn with necessary transposition if desired. The carols were inspired by the Nineteenth Century French School of Horn Playing, particularly the works of Dauprat, who uses natural horns crooked in different keys in his own horn ensemble repertoire. I have included optional crook changes that can be used, although the ones I have printed in the parts are the least taxing for the higher players.

Ravel String Quartet in F Major (first movement arranged for wind quintet)

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This arrangement of the first movement of Ravel's String Quartet in F Major has been colourfully scored for wind quintet; one flute, one oboe, one clarinet (in B flat), one horn (in F) and one bassoon.

The Marriage of Figaro Overture for Wind Octet (Score and Parts)

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This arrangement of the Overture from Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' has been written for eight wind instruments; two oboes, two clarinets (in A), two horns (in D, with F parts available upon special request) and two bassoons. The horn parts can be played on either valve or natural horns.

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