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Director of Music

Matthew Martin. Director of Music, Keble College


Matthew Martin read music at Magdalen College, Oxford and later studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he won all the major organ prizes and the DipRAM - the Academy's Premiere Prix in performance. He is an award-winning composer and is currently Director of Music and a Fellow at Keble College, Oxford where he conducts the choir, teaches academic music within the College and University, and runs 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, most recently The Tallis Scholars, the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s College and Clare College in Cambridge. In 2014, he was commissioned by The Genesis Foundation to write a new setting of the Stabat Mater for The Sixteen. He won the Liturgical category in the 2013 British Composer Awards and, in 2014, a disc of his choral music was released by the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford on the Opus Arte label. He recently had a new Trumpet Sonata commissioned by the 2015 Cheltenham Music Festival as well as a set of Lamentations premiered The Tallis Scholars and a cycle of Petrarch Sonnets for Marcus Farnsworth performed during the 2016 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. Composition plans for 2017 include a large-scale work for the Gabrieli Consort, a re-imagining of Guerrero's Ave Virgo Sanctissima for Ora Singers and a Festival Anthem to mark opening of the new organ in Manchester Cathedral. His work is published by Faber Music and Oxford University Press.

From 2001-2004, Matthew was a pupil of the late Marie-Claire Alain in Paris and in 2005 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Since 2001 he has been involved with the annual Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy where he is director of the Nave Choir, and from 2000-2002 was Director of Music at the University Church, Oxford. More recently, he was of Organist at the Brompton Oratory (2011-2015).

Matthew is well known as an organ recitalist and has performed at the Cheltenham, Spitalfields and South Bank festivals, as well as more recently further afield in Miami and Uppsala, Sweden. A regular organist for The Sixteen, his first solo recording on the historic Ralph Downes-designed organ of the London Oratory has been received with critical acclaim.

Our Services in Term
(all services finish in time for dinner in Hall)

Sung Eucharist at 5.30pm with Keble College Chapel Choir

Morning Prayer at 8.15am

Eucharist at 12.15pm (Wednesday) and 6.30pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

Evensong with Keble College Chapel Choir at 6pm (Wednesday)

Evening Prayer at 6.30pm (Monday and Friday)

Sung Compline at 9.00pm (Thursdays only)