Hello everyone,

It seems I've set a trend of writing a blog every two years, and I really should try to rectify this situation. However, for the moment, I'll update you on what's been happening...

Firstly, as has been the case since I started teaching piano, I continue to be fortunate in having a full set of students, with a significant waiting list. I am so lucky to be able to make a living from what I love doing, and I enjoy working hard to get the best out of those people I teach.  I am delighted to report a continued 100% exam pass rate (16 years running!), with some fantastic recent results including a merit at Grade 2 by my oldest pupil (70 years old), and a distinction at Grade 6 by one of my younger students (12 years old).  I also continue to enjoy teaching piano at St. Clare's, Porthcawl, and teaching singing privately at home.

Perhaps the most exciting news is that, in July 2017, Bridgend Tabernacl Choir will give the world premiere of an 18 minute choral work that I wrote as part of my MA at Bristol University.  The piece, entitled 'Nightingales', will be accompanied by a large orchestra, and will also feature critically acclaimed International Soprano soloist, Emily Vine (http://www.emilyvine.com).  This concert will also feature music by Vaughan Williams, plus other music ranging from Sibelius to Simon & Garfunkel.

Some other exciting news also includes a recent commission to write a Chamber Orchestration, and Full Orchestration, for the fantastic piece "O Fab Y Dyn" by the world renowned Welsh Composer, Eric Jones.  My orchestration will be available for hire by the end of 2017, in the UK and across the globe.

In general, work for Llantrisant Male Choir continues to go well (having recently written arrangements of "All of Me" by John Legend, and "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran), as does work for Bridgend Tabernacl Choir.  I have also started an exciting and fun new ladies choir, called "Acabella Singers", but as this has only recently formed, I'll update you about that in 2019 .... ;)

That's it for now!

Matthew