St Bride's: Music

Matthew Long

Matthew Long

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. Since moving to London in 2006, Matthew has maintained a busy touring and recording schedule. He is a member of the successful solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini and also of the celebrated chamber choirs, The Sixteen and Tenebrae. Projects with these groups and others have included various programmes at most of the major UK venues and for festivals across Europe as well as performances in Bermuda, Israel, Libya, Japan, the US, Australia and China.

In September 2011, Matthew returned to studying at the Royal College of Music, London. He is a Susan Chilcott Scholarship holder and a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist and as such is generously supported by the RPS. He currently studies with Tim Evans-Jones.

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. In February 2011 he worked at Dijon Opera in a production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Oratorio 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; Purcell's King Arthur with The English Concert and I Fagiolini in Shoreditch Parish church and live on BBC Radio 3 ; Bach St Matthew Passion with the Scholars Baroque Ensemble in Zaragoza, Spain; Rachmaninov Vespers with the Philharmonia Chorus at the Union Chapel, Islington; 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. He had his first performance as the Evangelist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Norway, November 2011. Matthew recently recorded the solos for A New Latin Mass by Patrick Cassidy and has been engaged to sing for the première performances of the work at St Patrick's Cathedral, New York and in Rome in the coming months.