The Chandos Chamber Choir are thrilled that cellist Matthew Sharp will be joining us for our next concert ‘Cello Song’ on the 8th of July at St Vedast in the City of London. The programme will feature a varied selection of music for choir and cello as well as a solo piece from Matthew. He comments, ‘There is nothing like the marriage of immersive, soaring voices and rapturous cello! It’s like the sounds alchemise each other to make gold and magic.’
Described by James Davey, CCC’s musical director, as an ‘energised character’ and The Times as “An extraordinary cellist – charismatic, virtuosic, brimming with verve and poetry’, Matthew is not only a solo cellist but also excels as a baritone, actor and director.
He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, sung principal roles for Opera North and the Royal Opera House and acted principle roles at the Young Vic and National Theatre Studio. As a director he has written, conceived and directed shows for Opera North and the BBC among others and toured major festivals internationally with his own music and theatre works, including gigs at Glastonbury and Latitude. He has recorded for Sony, EMI, Decca, Naxos, Somm, NMC, Avie and Whirlwind and given over sixty world premieres.
A Special Concert
The Chandos Summer concert is unusual in that it consists of only choir and cello music. Matthew said ‘It’s a first for me! I’ve often been the stunt special guest. I’m looking forward to being one of the troupe and lending the spice of the cello ‘voice’ to the cocktail’. The performance will feature Svyati by Sir John Tavener who wrote two pieces especially for Matthew – Petra and The Fool and has performed another of Tavener’s most loved pieces The Protecting Veil many times. Ola Gjeilo’s haunting piece O Magnum Mysterium was previously recorded by Matthew for DECCA and performed by The Chandos three years ago as part of our Scandinavian Christmas concert. Matthew will also perform Sollima’s Lamentatio, a solo piece for voice and cello he has made his own. But it is Arensky’s Variations that Matthew is most looking forward to exploring; ’I’ve always loved Arensky’s music and these pieces are new to me, so I’m really looking forward to that particular adventure but it’s all ravishing soul food… This combination of sounds and repertoire does upliftment and transcendental unlike any other!’
A unique event, this is truly a Chandos concert not to be missed. Tickets are available here.
‘Extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor – astonishing’
The Daily Telegraph