Matthew Martin studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and at the Royal Academy of Music, and was an organ student of Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. He is currently Director of Music at Keble College, Oxford and Artistic Director of the Keble Early Music Festival. In April 2020, he will take up the position of Precentor and Director of College Music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
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 and The Sixteen. Matthew won the Liturgical category in the 2013 British Composer Awards and, in 2014, a disc of his choral music, Jubilate Deo, was recorded by Daniel Hyde and The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, and released on the Opus Arte label.
In 2015, he was commissioned by the Cheltenham Music Festival Martin to write a Trumpet Sonata and in 2016 Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars performed a new set of Lamentations written for them at Cadogan Hall, London. His 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 Choir; Psalm 150, a Festival Anthem written to mark the 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 was also commissioned to write a new anthem for a special service marking the 750th anniversary of the refounding of Westminster Abbey in October 2019.
Matthew’s music is published by Novello and Faber Music.
AN ENGLISH CORONATION 1902-1953
A spectacular recreation of the lavish English Coronation rite, performed by Gabrieli Consort and Players, directed by Paul McCreesh. Matthew Martin plays organ.
A ROSE MAGNIFICAT
Paul McCreesh leads the Gabrieli Consort in a collection of English works composed either before 1558 or after 1915, responses all to medieval texts associated with the Virgin Mary, including A Rose Magnificat by Matthew.