CELEBRATED conductor, composer and arranger Matt Dunkley who has worked on film and TV hits including No Time to Die and Top Gun: Maverick, visited the University of West London in Ealing.

Matt is an alumnus of UWL’s London College of Music, having studied trumpet and piano here between 1983 and 1987. 

In the afternoon, Matt took part in a film music composition workshop, discussing work by students.

Later, he joined an Arts in Conversation public event which began with a showreel of snapshot highlights of his creative work.

He was then joined on stage by students Morris Bachmann and Katrine Aziz, who asked him for advice for early-stage composers. 

“It’s tough to make money in the early days so you have to spread your net wide,” said Matt.

“For a few years I was doing trumpet gigs, doing music copying through the night and starting to get conducting work.

“Even now, all the work I get is from contacts and friendships, rather than an agent.

“The relationships you form now are precious and priceless. Take any job - you never know what could come from it.”