‘great tonal variety, casting a brief spell of enchantment….Featherstone's playing had a confidence, strength and variety’
Anthony Bramley-Harker ‘The Watford Observer’ (November 2011)
‘Matthew Featherstone displayed an impressive variety of tone and occasional displays of real virtuosity’
Tony Goldman ‘the Haslemere Herald’ (April 2011)
‘Matthew Featherstone gave us Ferneyhough’s Cassandra’s Dream Song, a prodigious flute solo once thought barely playable. It came over like a grade 8 exam piece – a breeze’
The Times (May 2012)
‘In The Incredible Flutist, Walter Piston's ballet suite, the BBCNOW's fine principal flute Matthew Featherstone did the honours, displaying all the seductive tone of the eponymous musician’
The Guardian (December 2013)
'good work from principal flautist Matthew Featherstone'
The Arts Desk (August 2014)
'Of the principals, flautist Matthew Featherstone deserves special mention'
The Guardian (June 2015)
'Lively flute solos from Matthew Featherstone'
The Times (July 2015)
'in the solo passages..., Matthew Featherstone floated his lines with his trademark lucid tone that have been such a feature of his orchestral playing with this body over the last few years, and he was brilliant too in the fireworks of the finale'.
Seen and Heard International, Paul Corfield Godfrey (November 2015)
'In the demanding passagework, the wizardry of BBCNOW’s principal flute Matthew Featherstone was on full display, and it was the expressive inflections and range of tonal colour he drew from his instrument that pushed everything up a notch.'
The Guardian, Rian Evans (November 2015)