Kyran Matthews

Saxophonist Composer Promoter Educator

Thunderous lines
— Jez Nelson, Radio 3
One to watch
— Jazzwise 2017
Energetic playing, astonishingly mature writing
— Steve Mead, MJF Director

Whilst studying classical saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music, Kyran became the only saxophonist from the world-renowned RNCM saxophone department to win both of the college's major contests; the Gold Medal and Concerto competitions, also becoming one of the youngest wind musicians to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music. Since graduating, Kyran has performed with the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras, performed concertos at The Bridgewater Hall and the World Saxophone Congress, as well as premiering several solo and chamber works by emerging composers.

These days, Kyran works more heavily in the world of jazz, writing for & fronting several projects (which you can find out about here), and appearing as sideman with numerous bands across the North of England. Kyran can regularly by seen performing at clubs and festivals across Europe, and you can check out some of his dates here. Most recently, his dectet The Manchester Jazz Collective have been named as Jazz North artists and are beginning to book in extensive dates across the UK for 2018/19.

In addition to his work as a performer, Kyran co-promotes Manchester's only weekly original music jazz night, at The Whiskey Jar in the Northern Quarter. For listings and enquiries relating to the night, please follow the link here.