Matthew Little began his musical career as a boy chorister and bass trombonist. Studying at Trinity College of Music London, he graduated with an Honours Degree in Music.
He joined the Royal Air Force Music Services in 1992, retiring as a Director of Music in 2019. He was awarded two Commendations in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for the Anthem in the Park events, performing with Hayley Westenra, Brian May and Kerry Ellis.
Matthew has appeared as a soloist at many high-profile public, international and ceremonial events, including the Festival of Remembrance, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Basel Military Tattoo, Basel Christmas Festival, Songs of Praise and Royal Military Tattoo. In 2015, he performed for the third time at West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre) and in 2016; he was the vocal soloist for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on tour in Australia and New Zealand – performing at the Marvel and Westpac stadiums respectively.
More recently, Matthew provided backing vocals for Dame Shirley Bassey, Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins and Kylie Minogue at the BAFTA award winning Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations. In 2017, he was the Director of Music for the Dame Vera Lynn 100th Birthday Celebration Concert (London Palladium) in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Matthew has performed as a session singer for over 20 years with Capital Voices and the Maida Vale Singers, appearing on the Royal Variety Performance, X Factor, Graham Norton Show, Britain’s Got Talent and the National Lottery. In the West End he has provided vocals for Cats, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Starlight Express. He has provided vocals for film and television including Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Around the World in 80 Days and Galavant. He has performed at the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall) with the John Wilson Orchestra, Music from Danny Elfman UK tour with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Queen/Symphonic Rock/Symphonic Pop (Birmingham Concert Hall and Royal Albert Hall), as a soloist with the John Wilson Orchestra on UK tour, Independence Day (Royal Albert Hall), 30th Anniversary of Distant Worlds (Royal Albert Hall) and Game of Thrones in Concert (Wembley Arena).
As part of Raymond Gubbay productions, Matthew has appeared as the vocal soloist on tours of We’ll Meet Again, White Christmas, the BT Christmas Concert (Royal Albert Hall), and Bond and Beyond. He is also the featured soloist for Jingle Bell Favourites (Dubai Opera House) appearing in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Relocating to Melbourne, Australia in 2019, Matthew is now Director of Performing Arts Events and Ensembles at Salesian College, Chadstone.
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Victoria Brass Live is a new recording by a top class Australian brass band. Expertly directed by Matthew van Emmerik, they offer a full and varied programme of innovative repertoire, including two world premieres, three Australasian premieres, and some well-loved but very welcome classics. Based in Melbourne, the band’s mission statement puts it very well. They are ‘Leading brass musicians with a collective focus on quality repertoire, collegiality and performance’.