Matthew photographed with the violin & bow during a rehearsal with the BBC Concert Orchestra prior to a live Radio 3 broadcast in December 2012.
Matthew Elston grew up in Bishops Cleeve, near Cheltenham, where he attended the local comprehensive school and showed a great aptitude for music. In 1994 his mother approached us for funds to help buy him a violin. SCT agreed to buy a violin of the Panormo school (circa 1800) and a silver and tortoiseshell Fleur de Lys bow - jointly valued at £11,000. The violin was loaned to Matthew and, in 2002, SCT agreed to sell him the violin and bow with repayment over a ten year period.
Today, Matthew is a professional violinist with the BBC Concert Orchestra & English Chamber Orchestra.