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Matthew Halls pursues a busy and diverse career as keyboard player, conductor and teacher. He received his early musical training as an organist, working in Salisbury Cathedral with the newly formed girls’ choir before taking up the organ scholarship at New College, Oxford. During this time he accompanied the famous chapel choir in their daily services and on numerous recordings and foreign tours. He took a first class degree in music and stayed in Oxford for a further two years, combining his developing freelance career with further academic work.
Matthew was harpsichordist with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 1998, touring extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, and since then has worked as a keyboard player with many of Europe’s leading period instrument ensembles. He plays regularly with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The King’s Consort and The Cardinall’s Musick, and last year took part in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach cantata pilgrimage. He recently joined the acclaimed ensemble, ‘Sonnerie’, with whom he has already appeared at major European festivals and at the Wigmore Hall under the directorship of Monica Huggett. Recent solo engagements have included concerto appearances in Frankfurt, Nurnburg and at the International Handel Festival in Halle, as well as recitals in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
As a director, Matthew has been involved in numerous operatic projects including, most recently, productions of Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’ and Handel’s ‘Orlando’ and ‘Amadigi’. With his own group, ‘Dramma per Musica’, he has directed a long running series of lesser known Handel oratorios as well as concert appearances with Emma Kirkby and James Bowman. He is currently assistant musical director of New Chamber Opera and a part-time tutor at Oxford University.
Written by Laurie Stras.
Last updated 21 January, 2002.
The views expressed in this document are those of the author and not those of the University of Southampton.