Directors

Matthew WoodPhoto 16

Having begun his musical education as Head Chorister of his parish church choir in Kent Matthew went on to read Music and English at Lancaster University where he studied singing with Mary Hitch and directed the University Chamber Choir.

While training as a teacher in Canterbury Matthew became director of the Kent Youth Barbershop and his college chamber choir.

Specialising in oratorio and English song, Matthew has performed as a soloist in St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and on choral tours of France and Italy. As well as deputising with several London choirs and Canterbury Cathedral Choir he sings with the Vasari Singers, one of Britain’s leading chamber choirs, and has sung solo baritone with them in numerous performances and for several recordings.

Matthew is also a composer and arranger mainly of liturgical choral music. His two sets of Versicles and Responses are published by Shorter House and have been performed by the Vasari Singers in Bath Abbey and Chester Cathedral.

Until August 2017, Matthew was Director of Music at St Dunstan’s College, Lewisham. He is now a freelance musician who divides his time between music and exploring a call to ordained ministry.

 

Jonathan WikeleyJonna conducting

Jonathan is Director of Music at All Saints Church, Fulham, and Choral Editor and Advisor for Novello Publishing and Music Sales. He studied at Liverpool College; Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Exeter College, Oxford; and spent a year as a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral. 

As director of music at All Saints, Fulham, Jonathan leads the music at this vibrant parish church: as well as the weekly singing schedule, the choir tours two or three times a year, and sings in several concerts annually, as well as organising singing workshops. In 2017 the choir sang live on BBC1 for the Christmas Day Eucharist.

 Jonathan also works as a freelance journalist, composer and music arranger, including commissions from choirs as diverse as Whitstable Choral Society and the BBC Singers. He writes for publications in Britain and the USA, and has spoken about early music for BBC Radio 3. He conducts several ensembles in London, and has accompanied Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Royal Opera House. His arrangements and compositions have been broadcast on Radio 3 and 4, and published and performed around the world.

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