Matthew Martin is Precentor and Director of College Music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford before studying at the Royal Academy of Music and with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. From 2015-2020 he was Director of Music at Keble College, Oxford and Artistic Director of the Keble Early Music Festival.
Matthew spent much of his early life immersed in cathedral music and in 2010, after six years as Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, he decided to focus more on composition. Since then he has been commissioned to write music for the The Tallis Scholars, the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gabrieli Consort and The Sixteen. Matthew won the Liturgical category in the 2013 British Composer Awards, and the first disc of his choral music (Jubilate Deo) was recorded by Daniel Hyde and The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford (Opus Arte/2014).
More recently, he has written for the Cheltenham Music Festival (Trumpet Sonata) and The Tallis Scholars (Lamentations of Jeremiah). His Rose Magnificat for Paul McCreesh and The Gabrieli Consort won the Choral category in the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards. Earlier in 2019, he was asked to write a festival anthem (In the midst of thy Temple) for the choir of Westminster Abbey, marking the 750th anniversary of its refounding, and a test piece for organ (Triptych) for the 2019 St Albans International Organ Competition.
Matthew’s music is published by Novello and Faber Music.
His ‘spikily dynamic style of composition’ (BBC Music Magazine) has led him to be commissioned to write for many prominent ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars, the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s College and Clare College in Cambridge. Martin won the Liturgical category in the 2013 British Composer Awards for his Festival Anthem In the year that King Uzziah died and, in 2014, a disc of his choral music, Jubilate Deo, was recorded by The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford and Daniel Hyde and released on the Opus Arte label. In the same year he was commissioned by The Genesis Foundation to write a new setting of the Stabat Mater for The Sixteen and Harry Christophers.
In 2015, he was commissioned by the Cheltenham Music Festival Martin to write a Trumpet Sonata and this was premiered at the festival with Philharmonia Principal Trumpet, Jason Evans. In 2016 Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars performed a new set of Lamentations written for them at Cadogan Hall, London and the Petrarch Sonnets, for Marcus Farnsworth and James Baillieu, received their first performance at the 2016 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. His large-scale unaccompanied choral work, A Rose Magnificat, written for The Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh was first performed in 2017 at St John’s Smith Square, London. The subsequent Gabrieli Consort CD, bearing the same title as his piece, won the Choral category in the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards.
Other recent projects have included a re-imagining of Guerrero's Ave Virgo sanctissima - Sanctissima - for ORA and Suzi Digby OBE, Psalm 150, a Festival Anthem written to mark opening of the new organ in Manchester Cathedral, and a test piece - Tryptich - for competitors taking part in the 2019 St Albans International Organ Competition. He has also been commissioned to write a new anthem for a special service marking the 750th anniversary of the founding of Westminster Abbey in October 2019.
In 2017 Matthew signed a publishing agreement with Novello & Company Limited. Earlier works are published by Faber Music and Oxford University Press.
He continues to be active as an organ soloist, accompanist and continuo player and regularly plays for the Gabrieli Consort and The Tallis Scholars.