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Matthew Martin

Born: 1976

Nationality: British

Publisher: Novello & Co

Matthew Martin studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and at the Royal Academy of Music and later with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. Martin is Director of Music and a Fellow at Keble College, Oxford where he conducts the choir, teaches academic music, and is artistic director of the annual Keble Early Music Festival.

His ‘spikily dynamic style of composition’ (BBC Music Magazine) has led him to be commissioned to write for many prominent ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars, the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s College and Clare College in Cambridge. Martin won the Liturgical category in the 2013 British Composer Awards for his Festival Anthem In the year that King Uzziah died and, in 2014, a disc of his choral music, Jubilate Deo, was recorded by The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford and Daniel Hyde and released on the Opus Arte label. In the same year he was commissioned by The Genesis Foundation to write a new setting of the Stabat Mater for The Sixteen and Harry Christophers.

In 2015, he was commissioned by the Cheltenham Music Festival Martin to write a Trumpet Sonata and this was premiered at the festival with Philharmonia Principal Trumpet, Jason Evans. In 2016 Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars performed a new set of Lamentations written for them at Cadogan Hall, London and the Petrarch Sonnets, for Marcus Farnsworth and James Baillieu, received their first performance at the 2016 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. His large-scale unaccompanied choral work, A Rose Magnificat, written for The Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh was first performed in 2017 at St John’s Smith Square, London. The subsequent Gabrieli Consort CD, bearing the same title as his piece, won the Choral category in the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Other recent projects have included a re-imagining of Guerrero's Ave Virgo sanctissima - Sanctissima - for ORA and Suzi Digby OBE, Psalm 150, a Festival Anthem written to mark opening of the new organ in Manchester Cathedral, and a test piece - Tryptich - for competitors taking part in the 2019 St Albans International Organ Competition. He has also been commissioned to write a new anthem for a special service marking the 750th anniversary of the founding of Westminster Abbey in October 2019.

In 2017 Matthew signed a publishing agreement with Novello & Company Limited. Earlier works are published by Faber Music and Oxford University Press.

He continues to be active as an organ soloist, accompanist and continuo player and regularly plays for the Gabrieli Consort and The Tallis Scholars.
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