Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: 18-year-old Matthew Farthing of Martlesham Heath appears on BBC’s Young Musician final tonight

11:38 25 April 2014

Matthew performing in the BBC

Matthew performing in the BBC's Young Musician show at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Archant

A musical talent of a Martlesham Heath schoolboy will go on national broadcast tonight when he appears on the BBC’s Young Musician programme.

shares
Matthew Farthing from Martlesham HeathMatthew Farthing from Martlesham Heath

Matthew Farthing, a virtuoso percussionist, battled through two gruelling rounds to appear in the final of the programme’s percussion category. The show, which seeks out outstanding young talent, was recorded last month in the Dora Stoutzker Hall of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Matthew, 18, attends Farlingaye High School and has been playing percussion since the age of six.

He has performed with the Aldeburgh Young Musicians and this year will be the principal percussionist in the National Youth Orchestra.

Matthew was recently awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with a view to making his career performing in orchestras.

“I think it is that every time you step up to play percussion it’s a new instrument, you never feel like you’re boxed in, you’re always exploring new things,” said Matthew.

The teenager, who also plays piano and the violin, doesn’t limit himself to orchestral music, however. He and his equal talented siblings have formed a band called The Farthings.

The foursome play folk and country music at festivals in East Anglia, and last year Matthew and his sister Hannah played Latitude.

It was after his friend achieved success in the BBC music programme that Matthew decided he should give it a go himself.

“I watched the competition for many years and last time the competition was broadcast in Wales I went to support my friend in the final and that’s when I really got the buzz to do it myself,” he said. “That inspired me.”

Fortunately, Matthew doesn’t let nerves get in the way of his performing ability.

“When I chose music as a career I decided it wouldn’t do me any good to get nervous. If I’m going to choose to do this I better just enjoy it,” he said.

“It’s fantastic to perform on stage. You obviously have all the cameras on you as well and you have to focus on the performance and make sure it’s the best it possibly can be.”

BBC Young Musician – Category Final: Percussion will be on BBC Four tonight at 7.30pm.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Armed robbery in Sudbury

A man has been arrested following an armed robbery at a shop in Ballingdon Street in Sudbury this afternoon.

Shirley Ison may have made a fatal error which caused her car to collide with a tree

Driver error is believed to be the cause of a road accident in which a woman was killed, it was ruled this week.

Easter fun at Kesgrave Library. Tabitha and Sebastion Degiorgio.

Eggs – chocolate and real ones – were on everyone’s minds as a library held a family event to mark the Easter season.

Extra trains for ITFC Fans

Extra train services have been arranged for Ipswich Town fans on Good Friday.

Hagon pleaded guilty to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, March 31 to two years and eight months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years, after which he must take an extended test, Essex Police said.

A driver has been jailed for two years and eight months following a serious collision in High Garrett, near Braintree.

Planners have refused homes on vacant land at Felixstowe's Haven Exchange site.

Proposals for 61 homes near the Port of Felixstowe have been refused because of the need to keep as much employment land available as possible.

Chelmsford Crown Court

A woman has been left permanently disabled after a driver who had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs smashed into her car.

April Fool

It is hard to trust anything you are told today - because it seems everyone is trying to catch you out with an April Fool.

Mark Bee has pushed to ensure better broadband is brought to Suffolk.

Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee last night insisted he wants to continue playing “an active role” in politics in Suffolk, as he announced he would quit his role next month.

Louise Waplington with husband Martyn, son Leon and daughter Annabelle

For one London Marathon runner this year her son is all the inspiration she needs.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages