Matthew Long

2011 Susan Chilcott Scholar

Awarded: funding for further studies/career development

Matthew sang extensively as a treble and work included the role of Miles in Benjamin Britten’s Opera, The Turn of the Screw, for companies in Rome, Bologna and Turin.

Matthew studied music at the University of York and sang as a choral scholar in the Choir of York Minster. He is now a member of the choir of St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street. Since moving to London, Matthew has maintained a busy touring and recording schedule as a consort singer. He is a member of the solo voice ensemble, I Fagiolini, and also of the celebrated chamber choir, The Sixteen. Work with these groups and others has included various programmes at venues all over the UK and Europe as well as for festivals in Bermuda, Israel, Libya, Japan, the US and China.

Recent solo work has included a recording and performances of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Holland and at the Berlin Philharmonie; Bach St Matthew Passion with the Scholars Baroque Ensemble in Zaragoza, Spain; Rachmaninov Vespers with the Philharmonia Chorus; the part of the Messenger in Handel’s Theodora for Trevor Pinnock in the Handel Festspiele, Halle; Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Hanover Band at St John’s Smith Square; concerts with the John Armitage Memorial Trust performing Jonathan Dove’s The Far Theatricals of Day at King’s college Chapel, Cambridge; Britten’s St Nicolas at St Brides church, Fleet Street.

In November 2008 Matthew made his operatic debut as a tenor at The Sage, Gateshead playing the lead role of Michael in a new opera, Skellig, by American composer Tod Machover.

Later this year Matthew is returning to study, undertaking a postgraduate course at The Royal College of Music with a view to further studies in Opera in due course.

(Updated July 2011)

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