Matthew Brrok

WELCOME!

Welcome to Matthew Brook’s website.

During these difficult times of Covid 19, I wanted to assure you, like many of my beloved colleagues in the arts, that I’m still working hard behind the scenes, despite not being allowed to perform on a wide scale at the moment.

I have used this time to rest and prepare for future projects, that may, or may not happen. As artists we have an inbuilt need to discover more each day. A sports athlete would continue to work out and train, and so do we. It keeps us sane, keeping to routines and being disciplined in keeping good vocal and mental health.

I am relishing the extra time on my hands to work on music familiar and unfamiliar, delving into careful language preparation, reading around the subject matter, memorising music, trying new and demanding repertoire. In many ways it feels like a luxury to have this time, and although financially we are having to find new ways of living while the wait for the arrival of a vaccine, we never lose hope that audiences will have a thirst to hear us tell our stories on stage again.

The new knowledge we have acquired in technology has been a challenge at times, but it is amazing how we have adapted and created online performances for many a good cause. It has helped to keep us focussed and moving forward in our world of discovery.

Concerts have come and gone over the months. All the largescale tours and festivals have suffered terribly, so we have adapted to smaller scale chamber concerts, often getting new arrangements of music to work with fewer players and in smaller venues. We have designed new programmes that can be safely performed for small audiences, and highlights have included Handel’s Acis and Galatea to an audience of 25, sung twice in a day, Bach cantatas, online St John Passions, many podcasts and mentoring schemes for young singers held online. The Bitesize Proms, devised by Jennifer Johnston provided an opportunity for me to sing with an old college friend, Malcolm Martineau. Check online for the lovely song we recorded, Schubert’s “An die Leier”.

I am preparing Schubert’s Winterreise with Anna Markland. We have worked together all our careers, and hope to get some opportunities to perform the cycle in the future. I am also working on a programme of Wagner with Iain Burnside, music from Die Walkure, Tristan und Isolde, and songs. “A View from the Villa” is a theatre piece with Sue Bickley and Victoria Newlyn, it is based around the Wesendonck songs. It has humour, and plenty of searing drama. One to look out for. I will also record Bach’s cantata number 82 Ich habe genug with my dear colleagues the Dunedin Consort in December. It is something I have longed to do for years, and with John Butt, Philip Hobbs and Linn records in support, it promises to be a highlight of my year. I also was able to record a Purcell disc with The King’s Consort, Iestyn Davies and Carolyn Sampson and other fantastic singers. It was such a joy to gather and sing together after a famine of normal activity.

My diary for the rest of the season is brimming with lots of delights. There is a strong possibility some of it will not happen, but you can rest assured, I am not sitting idle, I write this with hope that things will return to normal as some point. Please keep supporting the arts. We will return with such vigour, you’ll want to witness it!

Best wishes
Matthew Brook

October 2020

UPCOMING Performances

Full List of Upcoming Performances
 05 Mar 2020 | Orchestra of St Luke's / Beethoven Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy

Orchestra of St. Luke's - Carnegie Hall

14 Mar 2020 | Guildford Chamber Choir / J.S.Bach / St Matthew Passion

Holy Trinity Church, Guilford

21 Mar 2020 | Leeds Festival Chorus / Royal Northern Sinfonia / Mendelssohn's Elijah

Leeds International Concert Season - Leeds Town Hall

03 Apr 2020 | Handel and Haydn Society / Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus)

Handel and Haydn Society - Boston Symphony Hall

05 Apr 2020 | Handel and Haydn Society / Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus)

Handel and Haydn Society - Boston Symphony Hall

24 APR 2020 | Boston Baroque / Ariodante (King of Scotland)

Boston Baroque - NEC Jordan Hall, Boston

RECENT Performances

Full List of Recent Performances

15 Feb 2020 | Teatro de la Maestranza / Agrippina (Claudio)

Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla - Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla

13 Feb 2020 | Teatro de la Maestranza / Agrippina (Claudio)

Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla - Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla

11 Feb 2020 | Teatro de la Maestranza / Agrippina (Claudio)

Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla - Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla

13 Nov 2019 | Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Purcell and Handel Odes

19 Dec 2019 | National Arts Centre Orchestra / Messiah

Ottawa National Arts Centre - National Arts Centre

18 Dec 2019 | National Arts Centre Orchestra / Messiah

Ottawa National Arts Centre - National Arts Centre

13 Dec 2019 | Les Violons du Roy / Handel Messiah

Les Violons du Roy - Maison symphonique de Montréal

12 Dec 2019 | Les Violons du Roy / Handel Messiah

Les Violons du Roy - Le Palais Montcalm

11 Dec 2019 | Les Violons du Roy / Handel Messiah

Les Violons du Roy - Le Palais Montcalm

05 Dec 2019 | The Sixteen / Handel's Messiah

The Sixteen - Westminster Cathedral

1 Dec 2019 | European Christmas

Bach Players | St. John's, Smith Square, Westminster, London

28 Nov 2019 | European Christmas

Bach Players | The Octagon Chapel, Norwich

17 Nov 2019 | Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Purcell and Handel Odes

Freiburger Barockorchester - Koelner Philharmonie

15 Nov 2019 | Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Purcell and Handel Odes

Freiburger Barockorchester - Konzerthaus Freiburg

14 Nov 2019 | Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Purcell and Handel Odes

Freiburger Barockorchester - Berliner Philharmonie

07 Nov 2019 | CBSO / Mendelssohn's Elijah

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

03 NOV 2019 | Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo / CBSO / Mendelssohn's Elijah

Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo - Auditorium Rainier III

12 OCT 2019 | Opéra de Oviedo / Rinaldo (Argante)

Opera de Oviedo - Opera de Oviedo

10 OCT 2019 | Opéra de Oviedo / Rinaldo (Argante)

Opera de Oviedo - Opera de Oviedo

08 OCT 2019 | Opéra de Oviedo / Rinaldo (Argante)

Opera de Oviedo - Opera de Oviedo

06 OCT 2019 | Opéra de Oviedo / Rinaldo (Argante)

Opera de Oviedo - Opera de Oviedo

31 AUG 2019 | Gabrieli Consort / Handel in Italy (Dixit Dominus) (La Chaise Dieu)

Gabrieli Consort

30 AUG 2019 | Gabrieli Consort / Handel in Italy (Dixit Dominus)

Gabrieli Consort - Kloster Eberbach

29 AUG 2019 | Gabrieli Consort / Bach B Minor Mass

Gabrieli Consort - Kloster Eberbach

24 AUG 2019 | Dunedin Consort / EIF / Bach Cantatas (201 and 205)

Dunedin Consort - Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

10 Aug 2019 | Early Music Vancouver / Purcell's Hail Bright Cecilia

Early Music Vancouver - Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria

09 Aug 2019 | Early Music Vancouver / Purcell's Hail Bright Cecilia

Early Music Vancouver - Chan Centre

06 Aug 2019 | Early Music Vancouver / Song of Songs Settings

Early Music Vancouver - Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

02 Aug 2019 | Early Music Vancouver / Bach Cantatas

Early Music Vancouver - Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

16 JUL 2019 | The English Concert / Bach Cantatas (Buxton)

The English Concert

27 JUN 2019 | Festival St Denis / A Child of our time

Festival St Denis - Basilique Saint-Denis

10 Jun 2019 | Dunedin Consort / Boston Early Music Festival / Bach St Matthew Passion

Dunedin Consort - NEC Jordan Hall, Boston

22 APR 2019 - 25 APR 2019 | Gli Angeli Genève / Bach St Matthew Passion (Geneva)

Gli Angeli Genève

19 APR 2019 | Gli Angeli Genève / Bach St Matthew Passion

Gli Angeli Genève - KKL Luzern

18 APR 2019 | Gli Angeli Genève / Bach St Matthew Passion

Gli Angeli Genève - Eglise de St-Francois, Lausanne

17 APR 2019 | Gli Angeli Genève / Bach St Matthew Passion

Gli Angeli Genève - Eglise de St-Francois, Lausanne

16 APR 2019 | Gli Angeli Genève / Bach St Matthew Passion

Gli Angeli Genève - Fondation Pierre Gianadda

14 APR 2019 | Gli Angeli Genève / Bach St Matthew Passion

Gli Angeli Genève - Victoria Hall, Geneva

07 APR 2019 | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra / The Dream of Gerontius

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - Hilbert Circle Theatre

05 APR 2019 | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra / The Dream of Gerontius

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - Hilbert Circle Theatre

31 MAR 2019 | Handel & Haydn Society Dido & Aeneas (Sorcerer)

Handel and Haydn Society - NEC Jordan Hall, Boston

30 MAR 2019 | Handel & Haydn Society Dido & Aeneas (Sorcerer)

Handel and Haydn Society - Metropolitan Museum of Art

29 MAR 2019 | Handel & Haydn Society Dido & Aeneas (Sorcerer)

Handel and Haydn Society - NEC Jordan Hall, Boston

16 MAR 2019 | The Georgian Concert Society / Theatre of the Ayre / Politics and Power

Georgian Concert Society - St Andrew's and St George's West Church

20 DEC 2018 | Dunedin Consort / Handel Messiah

Dunedin Consort - City Halls, Glasgow

19 DEC 2018 | Dunedin Consort / Handel Messiah

Dunedin Consort - The Queen's Hall

18 DEC 2018 | Dunedin Consort / Handel Messiah

Dunedin Consort - Perth Concert Hall

15 DEC 2018 | Salisbury Choral Foundation / Handel Messiah

Salisbury Cathedral - Salisbury Cathedral

13 DEC 2018 | Oxford Philharmonic / Messiah

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra - Sheldonian Theatre

08 DEC 2018 | Norwegian Wind Ensemble / Handel Messiah (Moss Kirke)

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble

07 DEC 2018 | Norwegian Wind Ensemble / Handel Messiah (Uranienborg Kirke, Oslo)

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble

06 DEC 2018 | Norwegian Wind Ensemble / Handel Messiah

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble - Immanuels Kirke

1 DEC 2018 | 2018 | Ariodante

Stuttgart

22 NOV 2018 | Ariodante

Stuttgart

18 NOV 2018 | Ariodante

Stuttgart

11 NOV 2018 | Huddersfield Choral Society and members of the Youth Choirs | Benjamin Britten: War Requiem

Huddersfield Town Hall | 15:30

10 NOV 2018 | Ripon Choral Society / Britten War Requiem

Ripon Choral Society - Ripon Cathedral

4 NOV 2018 | Bach St John Passion

St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra Minnesota | Johnathan Cohen conductor | Role of Christus

3 NOV 2018 |Bach St John Passion

St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra Minnesota | Johnathan Cohen conductor | Role of Christus

2 NOV 2018 | Bach St John Passion

St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra Minnesota | Johnathan Cohen conductor | Role of Christus

20 OCT 2018 | Instruments of Time and Truth Handel Triumph

Instruments of Time and Truth - Sheldonian Theatre

19 OCT 2018 | Instruments of Time and Truth Handel Triumph

Instruments of Time and Truth - Kings Place

18 OCT 2018 | Vocal Masterclass

Trinity Boys School London

07 Oct 2018 | Instruments of Time and Truth Handel Triumph

Instruments of Time and Truth - Tetbury Music Festival

6 OCT 2018 | Ariodante

Staatstheater Stuttgart Il Re. Christopher Moulds - Conductor

30 SEP 2018 | Ariodante

Staatstheater Stuttgart Il Re. Christopher Moulds - Conductor

15 SEP 2018 | Kristiansund Kirke / Mozart Requiem

Kristiansund Kirke Kunst Kulturfestival - Molde Cathedral

18 AUG 2018 | La Chaise Dieu Festival

France - Conductor: Robert King

17 AUG 2018 | Handel "Israel in Egypt"

The King’s Consort at the Reingau Festival, Germany

13 AUG 2018 | Handel "Samson" | Manoah

Edinburgh Festival Usher Hall - Conductor: John Butt

2 AUG 2018 |  St Endellion Festival | Bach “Ich habe genug”

2 AUG 2018 | St Endellion Festival | Wagner

Theatre piece with Iain Burnside singing Wagner excerpts, called “View from the Villa”

01 Jul 2018 | Stour Music Festival / King Arthur

Stour Music Festival

18 Jun 2018 | Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ / Herod / Father

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Hamer Hall

16 Jun 2018 | Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ / Herod / Father

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Hamer Hall

15 Jun 2018 | Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ / Herod / Father

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Hamer Hall

27th May |  Halle Händel Festival | Samson | Role of Manoah

Dunedin Consort

21 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Teatro Auditorium Manzoni

20 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour (Pavia)

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra

19 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour (Perugia)

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra

17 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Rudolfinum Concert Hall

16 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Liszt Academy

15 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Musikverein, Vienna

13 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Philharmonie Luxembourg

12 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Koelner Philharmonie

11 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Frauenkirche Dresden

09 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Audimax

08 May 2018 | Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantatas Tour

Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

29 Apr 2018 | NBV Dido & Aeneas (Aeneas)

Nederlandse Bachvereniging - Het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

28 Apr 2018 | NBV Dido & Aeneas (Aeneas)

Nederlandse Bachvereniging - De Doelen, Rotterdam

25 Apr 2018 | NBV Dido & Aeneas (Aeneas)

Nederlandse Bachvereniging - Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht

14 Apr 2018 | Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society / Spring Concert

Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society - Llandaff Cathedral

08 Apr 2018 | Handel and Haydn Society / The Fairy Queen

Handel and Haydn Society - NEC Jordan Hall, Boston

07 Apr 2018 | Handel and Haydn Society / The Fairy Queen

Handel and Haydn Society - NEC Jordan Hall, Boston

01 Apr 2018 | Dunedin Consort Samson (Krakow)

Dunedin Consort

31 Mar 2018 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - The Anvil, Basingstoke

30 Mar 2018 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Filharmonia Kraków

27 Mar 2018 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

20 Mar 2018 | King / Ariodante

Staatstheater Stuttgart - Staatstheater Stuttgart

21 Mar 2018 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Congress Centrum Neue Weimarhalle

22 Mar 2018 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Konzerthaus Dortmund

24 Mar 2018 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Théâtre des Champs Elysees

26 Mar 2018 | Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Royal Festival Hall

22nd Dec 2017 | The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge / Bach Christmas Oratorio

21st Dec 2017 | Staatstheater Stuttgart Ariodante (Il Re) Revival

17th Dec 2017 | Staatstheater Stuttgart Ariodante (Il Re) Revival

09th Dec 2017 | Cardiff Polyphonic Choir Messiah

26th NOV 2017 | Bach Cantatas 9, 26 and 167 | Salle Bourgie, Montreal

11th NOV 2017 | Elijah Mendelssohn | Holmfirth Choral Society | Home town!

5th NOV 2017 | Brahms Triumphlied op 55 | Bach Magnificat | Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

4th NOV 2017 | Brahms Triumphlied op 55 | Bach Magnificat | Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

1st NOV 2017 | Bach Lutheran Masses | Dunedin Consort | Grosser Saal. Laeiszhalle. Hamburg. NDR Radio

30th OCT 2017 | Bach Lutheran Masses | Dunedin Consort | Aberdeen University

29th OCT 2017 | Bach Lutheran Masses | Dunedin Consort | Queen's Hall Edinburgh

26th OCT 2017 | Faure Requiem | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | St Paul's Cathedral. London.

25th OCT 2017 |Purcell and Blow recital | York University | Peter Seymour Harpsichord

09 AUG 2017 | The Fairy Queen / Handel and Haydn Society

July 2017 | Verdi Requiem

July 2017 | Bach Cantatas

July 2017 | Verdi Requiem

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