Musical Director

Matthew Clark

Matthew Clark began working with Clevedon Choral Society in 2021. He was born in Bedford and studied singing with Rachel Nicholls before undertaking a degree in composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; where he developed an interest in conducting. During his degree, he co-founded his own choir, Côr Cyfoes, in order to perform new music by composers at RWCMD and Cardiff University. After graduating, he worked with Constanza Ladies Choir and the Serenata Singing Group before his move to Gloucester in 2016 to take up the role of bass lay clerk. He occasionally conducts the cathedral clerks and scholars in services at the cathedral and at the Three Choirs Festival. He is also musical director of Musica Vera Chamber Choir, Cheltenham.

Matthew sings regularly with a variety of choirs and as a baritone soloist. Alongside his regular position in the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, he has sung with groups including the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the Armonico Consort, Cantemus Chamber Choir Wales and the Choirs of Llandaff Cathedral. As a soloist he has sung various solo roles with several different ensembles in the South West, the Midlands & South Wales with music including Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, as well as the requiems of Fauré, Duruflé, Howells and Brahms. He has sung in such varied locations as the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, a shopping centre in Coventry, Glamorgan County Cricket Club and an aircraft hanger in South Wales, as well as several more conventional concert venues. 

Matthew has also written a large amount of vocal music, both solo and choral. He has been commissioned by ensembles in London, Cardiff, Bristol and for Gloucester Cathedral Choir. His latest project is a commission for the Gloucester-based Chamber Choir, Sabrinensis, premiered as part of the Three Choirs Festival in 2023.