In 2013 Matthew was hired by Jessica Dromgoole to compose original music for the daily BBC Radio 4 WWI drama HOME FRONT. The music was performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Part of the BBC World War One Centenary season and one of Radio 4's biggest ever drama commissions, HOME FRONT follows the fortunes of a group of characters in real time as they try to maintain normality while a fast changing Britain is at war.
The show started broadcasting in August 2014 and will continue until 2018, telling fascinating stories against a factual background, with every episode set 100 years to the day of broadcast.
'Radio 4’s week-by-week first world war drama Home Front (weekdays, 12.04pm, R4) deals with the events of the week beginning 18 August 1914, as Folkestone struggles to deal with the influx of soldiery. Elements of the new residents rough up a German-born waiter, there are worries about the possibility of invasion, and the town wonders whether it wishes to put up with Belgian refugees, “plucky or not”. The well-born officer falls for the poor but honest Kitty Wilson, and wild rumours about atrocities rage through the town, ensuring that plans for stern action always fall on ready ears. All human life is there.'