Musical Director

Matthew Clark – Director of Music

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MATTHEW CLARK was born in Bedford and studied singing with Rachel Nicholls before undertaking a degree in composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he developed an interest in conducting.  During his degree, he co-founded his own choir, Côr Cyfoes, in order to perform new music by composers at RWCMD and Cardiff University. After graduating he worked with Constanza Ladies Choir and the Serenata Singing Group before his move to Gloucester in 2016 to take up the role of bass lay clerk. He occasionally conducts the cathedral clerks and scholars in services at the cathedral and at the Three Choirs Festival. He is also Musical Director of Hempstead Community Choir and Clevedon Choral Society.

Matthew sings regularly with a variety of choirs and as a soloist. He has sung with groups including the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the Armonico Consort, Cantemus Chamber Choir Wales and the Choirs of Llandaff Cathedral. As a soloist he has sung various solo roles with several different ensembles in the South West, the Midlands & South Wales with music including Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, as well as the requiems of Fauré, Duruflé, Howells and Brahms.

Matthew has also written a large amount of vocal music, both solo and choral. He has been commissioned by ensembles in London, Cardiff, Bristol and most recently a Passion Setting for Gloucester Cathedral Choir, premiered on Palm Sunday 2019.

Matthew took over as Musica Vera’s Director of Music on 5 February 2020.

Past Musical Directors

Graham Smallbone1964
Joseph Polglase1960s
David Watson1970s
Nicholas Hare1970s
Adrian Carpenter1980s
Alastair Jamieson1980s
George Howarth1980s
Fiona Brown1980s
Malcolm McKelvey1990s
James Babbage1990s
Claire (and Graham) Alsop1998
Oliver Mason2006
David Dewar2012