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MATTHEW MARTIN

 COMPOSER

NEWS

MATTHEW MARTIN COMMISSIONED FOR WESTMINSTER ABBEY 750TH ANNIVERSARY

May 2019

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ROSE MAGNIFICAT WINS BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARD

April 2019

 

ABOUT

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 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 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.

 

RECENT WORKS


The latest pieces by Matthew Martin are available from Novello & Company Limited.

Earlier works are published by Faber Music

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TRIPTYCH

St Albans International Organ Festival

10' (2019)
Solo organ

SANCTISSIMA

ORA

4' (2017)
SSATB

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A Rose Magnificat

A ROSE MAGNIFICAT

Gabrieli Consort

10' (2017)

SATB/SATB with divisi

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AVE MARIS STELLA

Harrow School

3' (2017)

SATB and organ

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RECORDINGS

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AN ENGLISH CORONATION 1902-1953

Winged Lion

A spectacular recreation of the lavish English Coronation rite, performed by Gabrieli Consort and Players, directed by Paul McCreesh. Matthew Martin plays organ.

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SCHÜTZ: CANTIONES SACRAE

Linn

Philip Cave directs Magnificat in Schütz's collection of forty Latin motets. Matthew Martin plays continuo.

A Rose Magnificat

A ROSE MAGNIFICAT

Winged Lion

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. 

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Ceremonial Oxford

CEREMONIAL OXFORD

CRD Records

A disc of rediscovered music by the Oxford-based eighteenth century composer William Hayes (1708-1777), conducted by Matthew Martin.

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Jubilate Deo

JUBILATE DEO

Opus Arte

Sacred choral works by Matthew Martin, recorded by the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford and Daniel Hyde.

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INCARNATION

Winged Lion

A disc of Christmas music sung by the Gabrieli Consort, including Adam lay ybounden and Veni, Veni Emanuel by Martin. 

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HAEC DIES

Harmonia Mundi

Music for Easter recorded by Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, including Matthew Martin's setting of Haec Dies. 

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Great European Organs

GREAT EUROPEAN ORGANS

Priory Records

Matthew Martin plays the 1954 Walker/Downes organ of the London Oratory.

Spirit, Strength and Sorrow

SPIRIT, STRENGTH & SORROW

CORO

A recording of the Stabat Mater by Matthew Martin, performed here by The Sixteen and Harry Christophers. 

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Victoria Missa Gaudeamus

MISSA GAUDEAMUS

Hyperion Records

Matthew Martin conducts the Westminster Cathedral Lay Clerks in a disc of repertoire by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Christmas Vespers

CHRISTMAS VESPERS

Hyperion Records

This disc presents an adorned version of the Office of Vespers as it might be heard on the eve of Christmas in Westminster Cathedral, directed by Martin Baker with Matthew Martin as the organist.

 

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