Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins

MATTHEW COLLINS was born in 1993 and read Music at The University of York, studying primarily with Jonathan Wainwright, Robert Hollingworth and Alex Ashworth. He began studying singing aged 11 with Anita Morrison and as a boy featured in more than fifty performances at the Royal Opera House singing under Lorin Maazel and Sir Antonio Pappano, alongside principals including Simon Keenlyside, Jeremy White, and Nancy Gustafson. When he was 16, Matthew was awarded the Bass Choral Scholarship at St. Luke's, Chelsea which he held for two years under Jeremy Summerly. Matthew was also a Choral Scholar at York Minster whilst at university.

As a soloist, Matthew appears often in Oratorio and notable performances include Handel's Coronation Anthems for Simon Carrington at Southwark Cathedral, Charpentier's Te Deum & Messe de Minuit for William Dore at Ampleforth Abbey, Purcell's The Fairy Queen with Robert Howarth and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the 2013 Beverley Early Music Festival, and Monteverdi's Vespers with Robert Hollingworth at Ampleforth Abbey and The English Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble for the 2014 Ryedale Festival.

In December 2010 Matthew founded the solo-voice ensemble Voces Sanctorum and has since developed a substantial portfolio. At the group's first major concert the composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, hailed Matthew ‘A truly remarkable young talent’. Matthew has directed at Spitalfields Music's Summer Festival and for most of 2013 was Director of Music at the principal church of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham: Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory on Warwick Street, where he oversaw the creation of the church's professional music department. Since December 2014, Matthew has served as Musical Director to London Concord Singers, an enthusiastic amateur chamber choir.

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