Matthew is a North Notts born baritone. Having started theatre at the age of eight as a street kid in Oliver! he has quickly risen to playing lead roles in both musical theatre and opera - particularly focusing on the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in which he excels.
Matthew has been lucky enough to perform in prestigious theatres such as the Buxton Opera House, TheHarrogate Royal Hall, Windsor Royal, Norwich Royal and Chichester Festival Theatre and has worked alongside recognised professionals such as Michelle Todd and Martin Handley.
A recent portrayal of Pirate King was to a sold out Buxton Opera House in an event that raised £36,000 for Age UK. He also raised over £1,000 for The Bassetlaw Hospice with his solo show. Matthew often performs in charity events and has raised money through performing for many local and more well-known charities, especially The Rotary Clubs both local and further afield.
Matthew proudly holds the title of youngest professional Mikado in the world. Matthew also originated the role of Tomos - created by Kitty Bertenshaw for the short film Byrd. He has also had much success portraying Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors, Sammy (Wedding Singer the Musical), Curley (Oklahoma) and Pa Ubu (Ubu Roi). In Gilbert and Sullivan, Matthew has portrayed many roles including The Major General and The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Jack Point (The Yeomen of the Guard), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe), Sir Roderic (Ruddigore), John Wellington Wells (The Sorcerer) and title role inThe Mikado. He also has several acting credits including Inspector Hound (The Real Inspector Hound), Dennis (Habeas Corpus) and William (Chatroom). Matthew has appeared in the chorus of The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company for their 2016 UK tour and is going back to play principal roles on the 2017 tour. He has completed a tour of Scotland with new company Out of Town Productions and appeared alongside The Bearded Kittens.
On the concert platform, Matthew has begun to find ways to bring the music to life and allow his performance to entertain as well as present the songs in their best light. Being one of few singers to revive The Fringes of the Fleet by Rudyard Kipling (set to music by Elgar) and to perform music from Sullivan's lesser known works such as Light of The World, he has established a niche in British musical theatre that has proven popular and interesting. Alongside this he also revisits some of the popular Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer and Flanders and Swans hits.
Matthew graduated from Royal Holloway University of London where he read Drama and Theatre Studies. He has begun to take his own shows under the guise of Killing Time with Matt Siveter to various parts of the country (see Killing Time with page) and has developed a steady following in the world of Gilbert and Sullivan.