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Originally hailing from South Yorkshire, Matthew Holmes is a freelance drummer, composer and educator based in Birmingham. 


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Graduate (2020) and winner of the Tony Levin Drum Prize (2019) Young Musicians Company Finalist (2023), Matthew Holmes is a notable figure amongst the UK jazz scene having performed extensively around the country at venues such as; The Barbican Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Pizza Express Soho, The Southbank Centre

and Cafe OTO. 


Further afield, Matthew has performed at a number of festivals and conferences internationally such as; Gent Jazz Festival (Belgium) Tampere Jazz Happening (Finland) Sienna Jazz Festival (Italy), The Global Music Foundation - Jamboree Jazz Festival (Spain) and The International Jazz Conference of Thailand.


Furthermore, Matthew has performed live on air for programs and radio stations such as ITV, Channel 5, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Northern Ireland, Jazz FM, Scala Radio and Worldwide FM. Some of the artists Matthew has played with include; Soweto Kinch, Alex Hitchcock, Alina Bzhezhinska, Tony Kofi, Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, Percy Pursglove, Ian Shaw, Arnie Somogyi, Dave Newton, Liam Noble and Hermeto Pascoal.


Matthew is also endorsed by Canopus Drums.


© 2022 - Matthew Holmes / Almost Black Collective 

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