Matthews generates a sustained span from the most subtly coloured cross-pulsations …
— Bayan Northcott, The Sunday Telegraph
String Quartet no.1 (1979)
Commissioned through the Aldeburgh Festival-Snape Maltings Foundation for the 33rd Aldeburgh Festival. First Performed at Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk in June 1980 by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.