With a repertoire of chorus preparation that ranges from John Adams to Frank Zappa, via Bach, Barlow and Beethoven, Matthew Morley is one of the UK’s most experienced Chorus Masters.
After completing studies as an organist and accompanist at the Royal Academy of Music, Matthew joined the music staff at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and later English National Opera where he prepared the ENO Chorus for many of its iconic productions. He was also Musical Director for the ENO Baylis’ ground-breaking community project Know the Show.
He has since worked with opera companies across Europe including The Nationale Reisopera, Greek National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera North, and collaborated with and assisted conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowski, Martyn Brabbins, Stephen Barlow, David Parry and John Adams.
He is a regular guest chorus master for the BBC Singers, with projects that have included Prom performances of John Adam’s Nixon in China, Poulenc’ Stabat Mater, and most recently for the BBSO’s recording and Radio 3 broadcast of Dr Atomic, conducted by the composer. Matthew was one of the chorus masters for London Voices in the Cultural Olympiad epic production of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht (although he was not involved with the helicopters), and for the long-awaited UK concert premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels.
He is the Organist at St Bride’s Church, the journalists’ church in Fleet Street, London, a position he has held for over 25 years.