B I O G R A P H Y
Matthew Sandy (Tenor) is from Coventry and studied Music at King’s College, Cambridge, where he held a choral Scholarship. With King’s College Choir, Matthew toured extensively both in the UK and internationally, and was a soloist for concerts at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, also for BBC television and radio broadcasts, and commercial recordings for the King’s label. In 2010, Matthew represented Cambridge University in the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Singing Competition (administered by the Musica Brittanica Trust), winning first prize. In September of that year, Matthew was invited to sing for the Beatification of John Henry Newman during the Papal visit of Benedict XVI, broadcast by BBC television. Matthew went on to study singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Susan Waters.
In concert Matthew has performed Stravinsky Mass with the LSO conducted by Valery Gergiev and MacMillan Lament of Mary, Queen of Scots at the Barbican Concert Hall; Stravinsky Pulcinella with the CBSO’s Youth Academy Orchestra conducted by Michael Seal in the Birmingham Town Hall; Biber Missa Christi Resurgentis and Bach Christ Lag In Todesbanden with the English Concert conducted by Lawrence Cummings at Wigmore Hall; Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland conducted by Roger Sayer with the choir of the Temple Church (broadcast BBC Radio 3), Puccini Messa di Gloria, Handel Judas Maccabaeus, Haydn The Creation, Paukenmesse and Leighton Crucifixus Pro Nobis in King’s College Chapel conducted by Stephen Cleobury (this last broadcast with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge on BBC Radio 3). Other concert performances have included Bach St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mass in G major, Britten St Nicolas, Canticles II, IV & V, Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel Messiah, Theodora, Samson, Haydn Nelson Mass, Monteverdi Vespers (1610), Mozart Requiem, Rachmaninoff Vespers, Stainer Crucifixion, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and On Wenlock Edge.
On the opera stage, Matthew has worked for festivals including Glyndebourne (Purcell The Fairy Queen - 2012) and the festival d’Aix en Provence (Mozart Die Zauberflöte - 2014). In 2012, Matthew sang the role of Testo in a staged production of Monteverdi Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda at the Wallace Collection with Andrew Lawrence-King. Matthew’s other operatic roles include Sorceress (Purcell Dido and Aneas), Sellem (Stravinsky The Rake's Progress), Flute (Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream), General Sir Philip Wingrave (Britten Owen Wingrave) and Peter Quint (Britten The Turn of the Screw).
Matthew is a keen exponent of the song repertoire and chamber music. He has worked with leading experts on song repertoire, participating in projects coordinated by Iain Burnside, and Lieder recital series for Eugene Asti and Graham Johnson, performing at Wigmore Hall, LSO St Lukes and King’s Place. Matthew has a particular passion for English song; in 2015 he sang a selection of songs by the composer William Denis Browne for a concert at King's Place to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, joined by singers from Turkish State Opera. In September 2016, Matthew worked with the Britten Pears foundation on several projects at the Red House in Aldeburgh, including Paramore (a dramatised adaption of Henry James' Owen Wingrave with music from Britten's opera of the same name), and a performance of Canticle IV with emerging young artists. Matthew has given lecture recitals with Dr Kate Kennedy (Wolfson College, Oxford) on works by Ivor Gurney, F.S. Kelly and William Denis Browne, performing at the Queen Elizabeth Concert Hall, Wymondham Festival and the Rugby Arts Festival; also with Laura Roberts (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) on works by Michael Tippett at Wigmore Hall. Matthew has also featured on television programmes including BBC Songs of Praise, a section of which can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nvqgs
Matthew is also an experienced consort singer, singing with groups including the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, the Choir of the Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort.
As a conductor, Matthew was appointed in 2015 as the acting Director of Music to the Coventry Philharmonic Choir, a choral society numbering over 120 singers. For more information about the Coventry Philharmonic Choir, visit www.covphilchoir.org.uk
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