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Mr Matthew Martin appointed as new Director of Music

Monday 22 June 2015

The College is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Matthew Martin as its new Director of Music with effect from 1 October 2015.

Matthew has a varied career as a composer, conductor and organist and is a former music student of Magdalen College. Following postgraduate work at the Royal Academy of Music, he continued his studies in Paris with the late Marie-Claire Alain. He has since worked at New College, Oxford, Canterbury and Westminster Cathedrals and, most recently, at the Brompton Oratory in London. He has for many years been involved at the annual Edington Festival where he directs the Nave Choir.

His “spikily dynamic style of composition” (BBC Music Magazine) has led him to be commissioned to write for many prominent ensembles, most recently the Gabrieli Consort, the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and St John’s College, Cambridge. He won the Liturgical category in the 2013 British Composer Awards and earlier this year a disc of his choral music was released by the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford to critical acclaim. Forthcoming writing engagements for this year and next include a Trumpet Sonata for the 2015 Cheltenham Music Festival, a set of Lamentations for The Tallis Scholars and two new Advent pieces for the choirs of Uppsala and Västerås cathedrals in Sweden. He is currently working on a new work for Help Musicians UK for the 2015 St Cecilia Service in St Paul’s Cathedral. His music is published by Faber Music.