CV

Matthew Quilliam has an extensive professional CV showcasing his many talents as a soloist, ensemble member, composer and teacher.

Matthew on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-quilliam

Matthew on Alive Network: https://www.alivenetwork.com/bandpage.asp?bandname=Ukulele%20Matthew

SkillsDescription
Instruments (highly skilled)Ukulele, banjolele, singing-and-playing
Instrumentals (skilled)Bass guitar, bass ukulele, vocals (baritone)
Additional (musical)Composer, musical director, conductor, teacher, theorist, historian, arranger, backing track provider, transcriber
Additional (non-musical)Camera and editing skills, tap dancer, dramatic director, staging skills, George Formby impersonation
Playing SPECIALISMS
Ukulele (sopranino, soprano, concert, tenor, baritone)Hawaiian, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Postmodern, Folk, Gypsy Jazz, Comedy, Original
Tenor banjo/banjoleleTrad jazz, folk, Dixieland jazz
Bass guitar/bass ukuleleRock ‘n’ Roll, jazz, folk, big band
All other genres and materials available and considered
VenueYearRoleTitle
Chichester Festival Theatre2021Pit performer/
composer, ukulele
Family Fun in the Park
Magnolia Sky2021Substitute performer: tenor banjo London Based Party and Wedding Band
Bolclavi’s Symmetrical Collapse2021Composer/
conductor/ukulele
Silent Film Original Score Live Performance
Syd Lawrence Orchestra2021Guest performer: bass guitarChris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra
Cold Red Machine2021Performer/composer, ukuleleDebut Original Solo Ukulele Album
Bandcamp – Choan Galvez2021ComposerOriginal composition ‘9 Thousand Notes’ performed by Choan Galvez
Basingstoke Canal Society/Hampshire Theatre Group2020Musical diretor/performer‘It’s Up to Us Now’ 1940s Jukebox Musical
Bracklesham Ukulele Weekend2020Teacher/Performer: ukuleleBeginner’s and Advanced Ukulele Playing Workshops/Solo Comedy performance
Palant House Gallery2020Soloist – instrumental ukuleleInstrumental jazz and Hawaiian music
Registry of Guitar Tutors/London College of Music2019Composer: ukuleleUkulele Grade 8 Exam
BatesWells, London Office2019Performer/manager: banjoleleDixieland Function Band
Shrewkfest2019Soloist – musical comedyFestival second headliner
Windsor Ukulele Festival2019Soloist – musical comedy Festival headliner
Banbury, Wovlerhampton, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Derby2019Soloist – musical comedy Self organised musical comedy solo UK tour 11th July – 3rd August
Mizens Railway2019Soloist – vintage tributeGeorge Formby Impersonation at WW2 Vintage Day
Abbey Road Studios2018Guest performer: vocalsRecording of ‘Ain’t It Fun’
Swindon Oktoberfest2018Soloist – musical comedyWarm-up act to 2000 people
Old Alresford Place2018Soloist – musical comedyWedding reception performer
Isle of Wight Ukulele Festival2018Soloist – musical comedyAfternoon concert
Taught First Pupil2017Teacher: ukuleleSolo tuition
Regular performer at over 12 care homes and guest at many more Since 2018Soloist – care home entertainmentPopular 50 minute show
Runs tuition, performance and reviews YouTube channel ‘Matthew Quilliam Music’Since 2020
Original music frequently performed internationallySince 2020
Guest Blogger at BAX-Music shopSince 2021
Training, Awards and QualificationsYearTitle
University of Chichester2019 – presentBachelor of Music
Farnborough Sixth Form College2017 – 2019A level Music
Graham Steel Music Company Awards2019Best Solo Male Artist – Winner
Graham Steel Music Company Awards 2018 Best Solo Male Artist – Runner Up
UKE Magazine2021Best ‘Breakthrough’ Ukulele Artist – Runner Up
Registry of Guitar Tutors/London College of MusicSince 2015Distinction Stars in all available Ukulele Playing Grades
DBS Check2019Full certification
Standard Child Safeguarding Course2021SAFEcic
Standard Adult Safeguarding Course2021SAFEcic
Current Acts/Bands for hire*TypeLine Up (Matthew on CAPITAL instruments)
SoloistVersitileUKULELE/BASS/COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR/MD
/VOCALIST/TEACHER/ARRANGER/TRANSCRIBER
/BACKING TRACK PROVIDER
Matthew Quilliam BandMusical comedyUKULELE, VOCALS, keyboard, drums, saxohpone, bass
SpaceFlightJazz quartetSaxophone, BASS, keys, drums
Dixie SixDixieland/Trad Jazz BandTrumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, BANJOLELE, piano, bass, drums, vocals
ExpressRock trioGuitar, BASS, drums
*Reductions and combos available
Miscellaneous
Full UK Driving License
Fully equipped with PA and Lights
Fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Available in UK nationwide and abroad
Situated best for Hampshire/West Sussex/Surrey/Berkshire/London work
Will work on Bank and national holidays inc. Christmas and New Year
Happy to learn new material with enough notice and fee

Last updated: Friday 3rd September 2021

“…VERY, VERY ENTERTAINING” 

GRAHAM STEEL AT WINDSOR UKULELE FESTIVAL IN JUNE 2019

“A REMARKABLE PLAYER” 

PETER MOSS, SPEAKING ABOUT MATTHEW IN JULY 2020

“MATTHEW HAS HELPED ME FILL IN ON A LOT OF MUSIC THEORY…THANK YOU MATTHEW!” 

ANDYDAN, SPEAKING ABOUT MATTHEW IN OCTOBER 2020

“YOU MADE MY BRAIN COLLAPSE, GREAT WORK!” 

CHOAN GALVEZ, SPEAKING ABOUT MATTHEW IN JANUARY 2021

“HE PUT ON A SLICK, PROFESSIONAL AND ENTERTAINING PERFORMANCE PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHTING HIS GREAT MASTERY OF THE BANJOLELE AND UKULELE…GO SEE HIS SHOWS – YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!”

VIC CRACKNELL, SPEAKING ABOUT MATTHEW IN MARCH 2019

“…YOU WERE WORTH THE TICKET PRICE ALONE”

AUDIENCE MEMBER AT SHREWKFEST, 2018

“…I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE GOOD, BUT I DIDN’T KNOW IT WOULD BE THAT GOOD!”

AUDIENCE MEMBER AT MATTHEW QUILLIAM LIVE AT THE QUEEN’S OAK, FINCHAMPSTEAD, JULY 2016