After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Matthew Morley was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue post-graduate studies with the Academy’s opera and vocal departments. He later joined the music staff at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and then English National Opera, where for eight years he prepared the ENO Chorus on 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 of The Netherlands, Greek National Opera, Opera Holland Park, and collaborated with and assisted conductors including Oleg Caetani, Vladimir Jurowski, Martyn Brabbins, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Stephen Barlow, David Parry, Mark Shanahan and Sir Mark Elder. He regularly works as a coach at the UK’s National Opera Studio, and for the opera composer workshops for the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape.
Projects with top vocal ensembles include the BBC Singers for their Prom and Berlin Musikfest performances of Nixon in China conducted by the composer, London Voices for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad epic production of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Lich), and for the long-awaited UK concert premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, performed to great acclaim at the Royal Festival Hall.
Matthew is the Organist at St Bride’s, the journalists’ church in Fleet Street, London, a position he has held for over 20 years, and is also the Associate Music Director of Brighton Festival Chorus.