Matthew Scott trained at the Guildhall School and City University London followed by studies at the Berlin Hochshule fur Musik and in New York, where he worked as Music Assistant to Lotte Lenya. He has written music for many plays including premieres by Alan Bennett, Richard Bean, John Mortimer, Harold Pinter, David Edgar, Mark Ravenhill, Howard Barker and Julian Mitchell. He was a member of cult systems band The Lost Jockey, and has produced among others Trans Global Underground, Antony and the Johnstons and Martha Wainwright. His orchestral version of ‘Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was premiered by the London Sinfonietta at the Milan festival in 2007 sung by Jarvis Cocker, Marianne Faithfull and others. In 2014 he composed the music for the Chichester Festival theatre’s production of Taken At Midnight that transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. He most recently compsed the incidental music for Waste by Granville Barker, currently playing on the Lyttleton Stage at The National Theatre until 16th January 2016.
His work in television includes Medics, In Suspicious Circumstances, Middlemarch, Trevor’s World of Sport, Drop the Dead Donkey (International Emmy and BAFTA Awards), Sex ‘n’ Death, Lord of Misrule, Eleven Men Against Eleven, King Leek, Crossing the Floor (International Emmy and BAFTA nominations), Bedtime, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, Underworld (British Comedy Award).
Films include, The Landgirls, The Feast of July and King Girl (RTS Best Soundtrack nomination).
Matthew Scott is an Associate of Birmingham Rep and an honorary vice-President of the Chichester City Brass Band.
He is Head of Music at the National Theatre, London.