Stage | Studio | Creative
Matthew is a sight-reading guitarist available for live performances, recording sessions and teaching. He is able to record remotely from his home studio or in-person.
He covers most genres but specialises in Popular, Soul, Big Band, Neo-Soul, Gospel, Jazz, & RnB. If you are looking for some serious guitar tracks laid down or some creative workshopping with your songs - or even just a sick solo - all these can be provided with competitive and tailored pricing options.
Matthew has extensive experience of playing live and has performed at a number of prestigious venues and events, including Manchester Opera House, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Lowry Theatre, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Jazz Festival, Ignite Festival, Lytham Festival, Manchester Day Festival, The Beginning Live, Colne Blues Festival, BOTS, Dot to Dot Festival and many more.
Over the course of his career, he has had the pleasure of playing guitar for various artists such as Phil Thompson, Mario Jose, Mike Sweeney, Chesqua, Design Rewind, The Soul Convicts, Vienna Blood, Andrew Bello, Mike Aremu, among others.
Matthew also has extensive experience playing in the 'pit' and has deputised on a number of West End touring shows and legendary theatre productions. He has played in hit musicals like Motown the Musical and The Band, and the largest Christmas show in the UK, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Matt also currently holds the guitar chair position (since 2018) on The George Michael Legacy, with Waynes Dilks as George Michael.
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1-1 | Group | Workshop
Matthew is fortunate to have studied with some of the best musicians and educators in the UK, all of whom have inspired him and pushed him to be the best he can be. For that reason (and many others), Matthew wants to pass on the enthusiasm for learning to you. Whether you are a hobbyist or professional, his teaching can help you shine a light on areas that need improvement, as well as helping you hone your skills to be a self-sufficient learner in the future — all underpinned through engaging and fun lessons. Matthew is Enhanced DBS checked and holds a full UK driving license.
All lessons are completely tailored to you as an individual and built around your goals. Matthew’s teaching areas include:
· Guitar: all levels, from beginner to advanced, and covering genres from Pop and Rock to Jazz. *
· Music Theory: all levels from beginner to advanced. *
· Performance: all level from beginner to advanced. Learn the skills needed to make you a great live performer!
· Songwriting: all levels and ranging from songs for a solo artist to pieces for a full band. Learn how to create and craft a song, as well as workshopping current ideas you can’t get over the line!
* Where applicable he can teach and take students through graded examinations from a range of the certified boards e.g. Trinity, Rockschool, etc.
Lessons are available in various formats - on a one-to-one basis, in groups or as workshops for larger numbers of students. Matthew works out of his home studio or via online platforms like Zoom or Skype. It is recommended for workshops that they are led at your institution or a mutually agreed location. The lesson lengths can range from 30 minutes (£20), 60 minutes (£38), or 120 minutes (£70). From experience, a 60-minute session usually provides a good starter lesson.
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My lessons with Matt were always geared to exactly what I needed and he was happy to take the time to figure out where I was in the process (having had a handful of lessons over the years from different people) and was eager to make sure the learning process was actually enjoyable!
Would absolutely recommend him as a teacher to anybody no matter how long they’d been playing.
I have just had my first online guitar lesson with Matthew after wanting to try it for years. What an amazing experience, very professional and his online set up was extremely high quality. Matt was patient with me and extremely thorough. I had an issue with my technique and grip and this was changing my tone, he broke down my set up and how to troubleshoot this and correct it."
I left my lesson with a pdf and practice plan and a sense of achievement. I would recommend Matthew as a guitar tutor and also an instrumentalist. Don’t delay booking your lesson, get started today!
I've taken lots of lessons from lots of different teachers but Matt seemed to have an idea on the best way for us to go about learning before even I did. He had patience, trust and of course a fantastic understanding of music. No showing off and no wasted time; just good old fashioned fun.
I've learned quite a bit and feel like my skills have increased way quicker than I'd have imagined! Very happy to have found a natural at both the guitar and teaching!
Patient | Empowering | Fun
Jazz | Embodiment | Guitar
Matthew is currently undertaking a PhD in Musicology at the University of Manchester, under the supervision of Dr Alexander Gagatsis.
Research areas include - but are not limited to - Jazz, musical analysis, musical embodiment, guitar, performance, Popular Music, and Jazz historiography.
More information coming soon — stay tuned (A440)!
Matthew Peacock is a guitarist, educator, research, and more, based in Manchester, with many years’ experience of playing at the highest level. His performance career has seen him perform live in front of thousands at festivals and events across the UK and Europe and support world-class artists such as Madness and Mani. Since 2017, Matthew has held the guitar chair position for The George Michael Legacy '21 UK tour, performing in over 300 shows to date. He has held deputy chair positions on UK touring productions such as Take That’s record-breaking West End musical, The Band, and Berry Gordy’s Motown The Musical.
As an in-demand performer, Matthew works regularly as a freelance guitarist and is available for session and live work. He has recently been the touring guitarist for ‘Chesqua’ on the ‘Welcome To My City’ UK tour with Punch Records, as well as guitarist for ‘Design Rewind’ and most recently with ‘Captus’ at Manchester Jazz Festival.
Matthew is not just sought after for his dexterity and sensitivity as a performer - he is also a creative artist in his own right. Matthew composes his own material and is frequently consulted for his expertise and creativity in songwriting, production and arranging.
Matthew is currently undertaking a PhD in Musicology at the University of Manchester. He holds a Master of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music, and a First-Class Honours degree in Popular Music & Recording from the University of Salford.
During his degree studies, Matthew has won several awards:
Awarded an RNCM Popular Music Ambassadorship (2020)
The Bill Leader Studio & Recording Production Award (2018)
The Highly Commended Award (2018)
The Helen Mackaness Award (2019)
As well as being a thrilling and well-respected guitarist, he is also a tenor vocalist in the award-winning Manchester Inspirational Voices, led by the esteemed vocalist Wayne Ellington.