musical director, singing teacher, tenor, pianist
Matthew Watts, musical director of the London Classical Choir, was the winner of the Ricordi Conducting Prize. His work has received fine reviews in the national press: "Performance standards were high" (Opera Today); "The chorus delivered their contribution with intensity and conviction" (The Independent). Choirs that he has conducted include the Camden Chamber Choir, Glasgow University Chamber Choir, the professional Choir of Ealing Abbey, the Reading Festival Chorus and the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society. He conducted the European première of Quest by George Crumb and was the Chorus Master for the British staged première of Goldschmidt's opera Beatrice Cenci at the Spitalfields Festival.
Matthew was described in the Hampstead and Highgate Express as the "Gareth Malone of Primrose Hill", after founding the Primrose Hill Choir, Children's Choir and Primrose Hill Singers (see primrosehillchoirs.com). The choirs have performed at choral festivals at the Roundhouse and South Bank Centre, and at venues including Camden Town Hall and the V&A museum.
Matthew studied at Glasgow University and Trinity College of Music, London, and went on to study conducting with Denise Ham from the Royal Academy of Music and singing with Lyndon Van Der Pump from the Royal College. He was a Choral Scholar in Glasgow University Chapel Choir and at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Outside work he enjoys art, football and Lindy hop dancing.