About Sound was founded by Matthew Dilley as the culmination of 15 years experience at the forefront of classical music production. After graduating with a music degree from Birmingham University, Matthew began his career as an editor, working on releases for Naxos and EMI for producer Chris Craker who was to go on to launch the Onyx and Black Box labels and become International Head of Classical Music for Sony BMG.
This led to a 125 CD contract with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which provided the opportunity for Matthew to produce and engineer in his own right. Highlights included Elgar with Lord Menuhin, Shostakovich with Sir Charles Mackerras and Michael Nyman’s The Piano.
He has recently produced live recordings for the London Philharmonic and London Sinfonietta own labels and worked on the live television broadcast of the inaugural concert of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel.
He has since produced literally hundreds of CDs, many to critical acclaim, as well as numerous movie soundtracks, many of which are regularly aired on Classic FM. In 2007, Matthew was asked to accompany the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge on a trip to Venice, recording in 14 basilicas for a research project entitled Music and Architecture in Renaissance Venice, the findings of which are soon to be published. This led to consulting on the installation of a system for webcasting evensong services from the chapel, a first in the UK.
Aside from production, Matthew continues to occasionally perform as a trumpeter and in 2002, took up the baton, conducting a series of orchestral engagements including two film music concerts, an opera gala and was musical director of Prime Brass for three years. Matthew also composes music for TV and recently completed a 26 part series for the BBC. More information about Matthew's composition work can be found at www.mattdilley.com