BIOGRAPHY

Born in Hertfordshire, Matthew Little began his musical career at an early age as a boy chorister and bass trombonist with the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra. He went on to study at Trinity College of Music London graduating with an Honours Degree in Music, before joining Royal Air Force Music Services as a bass trombonist and vocalist with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in 1992, where he was the lead vocalist with the legendary Royal Air Force Squadronaires for 15 years. Matthew has also completed the ABRSM in Conducting.

In 2008 Matthew was appointed as a Director of Music in the Royal Air Force and during his tour at RAF College Cranwell he was the Director of Music for both the Band of the RAF Regiment and the Band of the RAF College. He was awarded two AOC Commendations as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his involvement with the Anthem in the Park events, performing with Hayley Westenra in 2010 and Brian May and Kerry Ellis in 2011. 

Over his 26 years of RAF service, Matthew has had the honour to appear as a vocal soloist and more recently, Director of Music, at many high profile public, international and ceremonial events. These include the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Basel Military Tattoo, Basel Christmas Festival, Songs of Praise and the Royal Military Tattoo. He also appeared as the main vocal soloist for the RAF in Concert tour for 24 years and conducted the Band of the RAF College at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall on the tour in 2015. Also in 2015 he appeared for the third time at West End Heroes, a charity gala performance, alongside military musicians and leading names from the West End at the Dominion Theatre. In 2016 Matthew was the main vocal soloist for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on tour in Australia and New Zealand where he performed alongside the Band of the RAF College to over 30,000 people each night.

More recently, Matthew performed at the BAFTA award winning Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where he provided backing vocals for Dame Shirley Bassey, Gary Barlow, Andrea Bocelli, Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Kylie Minogue. In 2017 he was honoured to be the Director of Music for the Dame Vera Lynn 100th Birthday Celebration Concert at the London Palladium in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Away from the RAF, Matthew has performed as a session singer for over 20 years and has had many notable television appearances including the Royal Variety Performance, X Factor, the Graham Norton Show, Britain’s Got Talent and the National Lottery. In the West End he has provided vocals for Cats, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Starlight Express. He has also provided vocals for film and television soundtracks including Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Around the World in 80 Days and ABC's Galavant. In recent years he has performed at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the John Wilson Orchestra, on tour with the BBC Concert Orchestra and composer Danny Elfman, at Symphonic Queen, Symphonic Rock and Symphonic Pop - Birmingham Concert Hall and Royal Albert Hall, on a UK tour as a soloist with the John Wilson Orchestra 2017, at a screening of Independence Day as part of Films in Concert series at the Royal Albert Hall, on the 30th Anniversary of Distant Worlds at the Royal Albert Hall and at Games of Thrones in Concert at Wembley Arena. He has also recorded albums with the John Wilson Orchestra and for Michael Ball.

 

As part of Raymond Gubbay productions, Matthew has appeared as the main vocal soloist on tours of We’ll Meet Again, White Christmas, the BT Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and at a series of concerts entitled Bond and Beyond with Louise Dearman and the London Concert Orchestra. He is also the featured soloist for Jingle Bell Favourites at the Dubai Opera House appearing in 2016, 2017, 2018 and again in 2019.