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Matthew is a British classical tenor currently living in London.

His most recent project has been a recording of British music comprising folk songs, classical English song repertoire and orchestral arrangements of well known anthems. He was privileged to work on this disc with renowned accompanist Malcolm Martineau, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and guitarist Rufus Miller at Abbey Road Studios. Exquisite classical art songs by George Butterworth, Roger Quilter, Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi sit alongside the folk songs of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in this refreshing portrayal of some of our finest music.

Matthew gained his first professional experience singing in Italy’s opera houses as a boy treble. He was sought after as a soloist during this time, particularly for the music of Benjamin Britten and sang the role of ‘Miles’ in Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw for productions at Teatro Reggio di Torino (1995), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1996) and Teatro di Roma (1997). Success on the opera stage at a young age instilled in him a passion and ambition for singing that has gone on to shape his future.

During his teens, Matthew listened to much varied music and his main musical focus for some years was as a guitarist, both classical and as part of a heavy metal band. He maintains an interest in music of many genres, believing that nurturing an appreciation of art and music in all its forms can be a huge advantage to the modern performer.

After rediscovering his voice as a tenor in his late teens Matthew went on to study Music at The University of York and was a member of the Choir of York Minster. He then moved to London and in the following years worked with some of the UK’s most highly regarded ensembles. Since his early twenties Matthew has been a member of the acclaimed chamber choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae and the solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini. As well as singing at many of Europe’s best known concert venues, projects with these groups and others have taken him all over the world and have included performances for festivals in Japan, China, Australia, Bermuda, the US and Africa.

In 2011 Matthew won a scholarship to study as a postgraduate at The Royal College of Music, London. During his year of study there he was also a Susan Chilcott Scholarship holder and a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist.

In the UK, Matthew has sung as a soloist for a number of orchestras including The English Concert, The Hanover Band, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia at venues including the Wigmore Hall, The Albert Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square and The Sage Gateshead. Matthew made his operatic debut as a tenor in 2008 singing a lead role, Michael, in the world premiere of Tod Machover’s opera, ‘Skellig’ at the Sage, Gateshead. In 2011 he worked at Dijon Opera in a production of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’. In 2012 he sang the role of Jupiter in Handel’s ‘Semele’ for the Ahmadi Music Group in Kuwait in the country’s first ever performance of a Handel Opera.

Matthew has been fortunate in his career so far to experience the different musical worlds of opera, recital, church music and session singing. Whilst he finds solo singing the most fulfilling, he hopes to continue to draw upon these varied experiences to carve out a career based primarily around interesting music making and good singing. He believes that for classical singing and, more broadly, classical music to flourish in the future, we must not be afraid to seek out new ways to perform, disseminate, discuss and celebrate this wonderfully ‘soul-nourishing’ music.

When not focussing on singing, Matthew loves to paint, draw and take photos. He has built up a collection of thousands of photographs from his many trips abroad as a singer. Some of these images can be seen here on the site.
At Abbey Road with the London Philharmonic Orchestra


Till the Stars Fall

1. The Turtle Dove
- English folk song arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
2. I Vow To Thee, My Country
- Gustav Holst arranged by Jonathan Rathbone
3. She Moved Through The Fair
- Irish folk song arranged by Rufus Miller and Matthew Long
4. The Thought
- Gustav Holst
5. My Love Is Like A Red, Red, Rose
- Scottish folk song arranged by Ben Parry
6. The Ash Grove
- Welsh traditional song arranged by Rufus Miller and Matthew Long
7. Go, Lovely Rose
- Roger Quilter
8. Jerusalem
- Hubert Parry arranged by Jonathan Rathbone
9. O Waly, Waly / The Water Is Wide
- English folk song arranged by Rufus Miller and Matthew Long
10. Loveliest Of Trees
- George Butterworth
11. Danny Boy
- Irish melody arranged by Ben Parry
12. Tired
- Ralph Vaughan Williams
13. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains
- Roger Quilter
14. Greensleeves
- 16th Century English folk tune arranged by Ben Parry
15. The Last Rose Of Summer
- Irish folk song arranged by Rufus Miller and Matthew Long
16. The Parting Glass
- Irish folk song arranged by Rufus Miller and Matthew Long
17. Only The Wanderer
- Gerald Finzi
18. As I Lay In The Early Sun
- Gerald Finzi
19. Speak, Music
- Edward Elgar arranged by Ben Parry
20. Auld Lang Syne
- Scottish traditional song arranged by Rufus Miller and Matthew Long
21. Orpheus With His Lute
- Roger Quilter arranged by Ben Parry
22. The Turtle Dove
- English folk song arranged by Rufus Miller and Matthew Long
Album Release - Till The Stars Fall
Till The Stars Fall
Matthew's debut album, "Till the Stars Fall" is out now and available from
Amazon (Click here).
Or iTunes (here).
Please return for updates or follow developments on twitter Matt_Long_

"Till the Stars" Fall gets 5 Stars!

Album Photography - A short article

Previous Concerts
December 2015
Thursday 10th
19.30, Wigmore Hall, London (Book here)
Poulenc, Poéme d'un Jour
With I Fagiolini
Thursday 17th
20.30, Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville, Spain
Handel, "Messiah"
Real Orquestra Sinfonica de Sevilla, John Butt
Friday 18th
20.30, Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville, Spain
Handel, "Messiah"
Real Orquestra Sinfonica de Sevilla, John Butt
Sunday 20th
Handel, "Messiah"
Dunedin Consort, John Butt
Monday 21st
20.00, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
Handel, "Messiah"
Dunedin Consort, John Butt

November 2015
Saturday 28th
17.00, Trondheim, Norway
Handel, "Messiah"
KKKK Festival
Sunday 29th
17.00, Kristiansund, Norway
Handel, "Messiah"
KKKK Festival

July/August 2015
Australian tour

June 2015
Tuesday 9th
With I Fagiolini, 18.00, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy
"Venetian Carnival"

May 2015
Saturday 9th
19.30, Romsey Abbey
Handel, "Messiah"
Winchester and County Music Festival, Derek Beck
Wednesday 13th/Thursday 14th/Friday 15th
With I Fagiolini, The Barbican Centre, London

Feburary 2015
Saturday 7th
19.30, St John's Smith Square, London
Monteverdi, "1610 Vespers"
Crouch End Festival Chorus

April 2015
Friday 3rd
13.30, Jacobikerk Utrecht, Netherlands
Bach, " St Matthew Passion" (arias)
Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Johannes Leertouwer
Saturday 4th
13.30, Nicolaikerk, Utrecht, Netherlands
Bach, " St Matthew Passion" (arias)
Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Johannes Leertouwer
Friday 10th
St Patricks Cathedral, Armagh
Saturday 11th
Christ Church, Dublin, Ireland
Sunday 12th
Christ Church, Dublin, Ireland

March 2015
Friday 27th and Sunday 29th
19.30/15.00, Symphony Hall, Boston, USA
Bach, "St Matthew Passion"
Harry Christophers, Handel and Haydn Society

Decemeber 2014
Saturday 6th
19.00, St Michael le Belfrey, York
Handel, "Messiah"
Peter Seymour, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
Sunday 7th
19.30, Ampleforth Abbey, Yorkshire
Handel, "Messiah"

Novemeber 2014
Saturday 8th
19.30, Chichester Cathedral
Benjamin Britten, "War Requiem"
Jonathan Wilcocks, Chichester Singers
Thursday 13th
19.30, St John's Smith Square, London
Tippett, "Five Spirituals" / Haydn, "Paukenmesse"
Hilary Davan Wetton, London Mozart Players
Saturday 29th/ Sunday 30th
17.00, Kristiansund, Norway
Handel, "Messiah"
KKKK Festival

October 2014
Wednesday 1st
19.00, Oratorio di Santa Cecilia, Bologna, Italy
"Faith and devotion in the middle ages"
The Dufay Collective
Friday 3rd
Afternoon/evening performances, Leeds Grand Theatre
Duet, "Pur ti Miro" from Monteverdi's " L'incoronazione di Poppea"
Opera North
Wednesday 8th
19.30, Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York
"Venetian Carnival"
I Fagiolini
Wednesday 22nd/ Thursday 23rd/ Friday 24th
19.30, James Memorial Chapel, New York, USA
"How Like an Angel" ( Modern circus and live consort music)
I Fagiolini, Circa

September 2014
Wednesday 17th
19.30, Wigmore Hall, London
Purcell, " The Indian Queen"
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

July 2014
Friday 27th/ Sunday 29th
19.30, Ampleforth Abbey, Yorkshire
Monteverdi, "1610 Vespers"

June 2014
Saturday 7th
19.30, St Martin in the Fields, London
Handel, "Messiah"
The Feinstein Ensemble

April 2014
Sunday 6th/Monday 7th
19.30, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London
Monteverdi Madrigals and duets ( with I Fagiolini)

March 2014
Friday 14th
19:30, Bloxham Parish Church
Ariel Ramirez, " Misa Criolla"
Saturday 29th
19.30, St Andrew's Church, Surbiton
Monteverdi, "1610 Vespers"
Kingston Choral Society, Andrew Griffiths
For Information, Bookings and Queries
enquiries@matthew-long.co.uk
07980 900 900

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Album Release - Till The Stars Fall
Till the Stars Fall
Matthew's debut album, "Till the Stars Fall" is out now and available from
Amazon (Click here).
Or iTunes (here).
Please return for updates or follow developments on twitter Matt_Long_
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