11yr old British boy of African descent is the country’s youngest ever orchestra conductor
Matthew Smith may be a pint-sized 11yr old but don’t judge him by his stature, the kid is a legend in the making. He became Britain’s youngest ever orchestra conductor leading a 75-strong orchestra through a faultless rendition of the overture to Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus. What’s more, he conducted the nine-minute piece entirely from memory and wasn’t fazed by the 1,300 crowd at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham. Proud mum, Beverlyn Riley, 40 was all smiles as she watched her son.