Press Release

11 October 2011

A short work by Dr Matt Wright, Senior lecturer for Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University, will open at the acclaimed Sydney Opera House next March.

Matt Wright at a performance in New York, last year (Photo credit: Peter Gannushkin/DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET)
Matt Wright at a performance in New York, last year (Photo credit: Peter Gannushkin/DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET)

'Breakdown' will be performed by Ensemble Offspring, a dynamic contemporary music collective who are rapidly gaining a reputation for exciting 21st Century composition across Australia and abroad.

This piece will kick off a wider event called 'The New Radicals' featuring composers from Norway, Denmark, New Zealand and Holland, with Matt representing the UK.

Matt said: "I'm thrilled that my work is starting to get performed in Australia, and naturally, completely shocked that it's being played at the Sydney Opera House!

“It's thanks to the staff and students of the Music and Performing Arts Department at Canterbury Christ Church that I've had the chance to make things like this happen, and I'm really inspired by the possibilities for the future!"

In November 2012, Ensemble Offspring will also tour 'Totem for Sydney', a new commissioned work from Matt, which focuses on fresh approaches to the concert hall tradition, fusing notation, improvisation and technology.

Matt's other compositional work will also be featured in the UK, France, Holland and Belgium this autumn/winter, and follows the recent worldwide release of a CD he co-composed and recorded with the legendary saxophonist Evan Parker at the Broadstairs and Canterbury University campuses.  The CD, named 'Trance Map', gained a 4 star review in the Financial Times, with reviewer Mike Hobart claiming the work 'enthrals and soothes in equal measure'. 

More information can be found on Matt's website:


Notes to Editor

More work by Matt Wright:

- 2012 saw the commission of an interactive installation for a nightclub in Greenwich Village, New York, described by the New York Times as displaying 'technical savvy' and evoking 'a windswept, spirit-haunted expanse'. 

- A CD was also recorded in Amsterdam with Ensemble Klang, described by Instant as 'creating cutting edge music that ensures a unique aural experience, introducing new ways of dealing with composing/playing, fusing the familiar with the aesthetically challenging and taking the listener straight into the future’. 

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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