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. Particularly well known for his recent presentation of female role 'Katisha' at The Kings Head Theatre, London.
Matthew has worked with many prominent UK companies such as Charles Court Opera, The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Opera Della Luna, Tarantara Productions and Ohyezitis Productions to name but a few. He 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 Rosemary Ashe, Simon Butteriss and Olivier Award winning Desmond Barrit.
Matthew is very lucky to have played very exciting roles at such an early age. In Gilbert and Sullivan, Matthew has performed The Pirate King and The Sergeant of Police (in an Ireland debut) (The Pirates of Penzance). Katisha, The Mikado and Pish Tush (The Mikado), Private Willis and Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe). Sir Despard Murgatroyd (Ruddigore). Grosvenor (Patience). Arac and Guron (Princess Ida). John Wellington Wells (The Sorcerer). Matthew is no stranger to pantomime and plays Dame for companies to great effect. He recently played seven roles in Bernstein's 'Candide'.
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 also taken several one man shows up and down the country to huge popularity. These shows have been utilised by Rotary Clubs and fundraising events around the UK and Matthew was very proud that he was part of an event that raised over £30,000 for Age UK.