At just 11 years old, Matthew Smith could play four instruments. He could play the guitar, drums, piano and viola.
But what brought the child music prodigy to the limelight was when he led Nottingham Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus in April 2017.
This made him the world’s youngest conductor ever to take to a professional stage in Britain.
Leading a 75-strong orchestra as part of their ‘Animal Magic’ show at the Royal Concert Hall, the Nottingham lad conducted the whole of Strauss’ operetta from memory to the joy of the audience.