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Biography

Born in 1966, Charles Matthews studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge.  His teachers have included Beryl Tichbon, Gwilym Isaac, David Pettit, Patricia Carroll, Nicholas Danby, Charles Spinks and Dr Richard Marlow.

Charles has won numerous awards, perhaps most notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest.  His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh's cycle The Well-Tempered Pianist; some tracks from this CD can be heard free of charge at the composer's website.  Details of other recordings can be found on the "Listen" and "Works" pages at www.charlesmatthews.co.uk.

 

Charles has performed for productions by the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, and recorded music used in various theatres in Spain.  Schott Music publish a collection of his compositions for flute and piano.  During the months of restricted activity in 2020 and 2021 he has contributed many videos of double bass accompaniments to the String Virtuoso website.

Charles is organist of St Catharine's Church, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, and also performs as a member of the Spire organ and electronics project.  He works extensively with young people, acts as piano accompanist and organ tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, helps to direct Shipston Junior Band and also works as a coach on the annual Curso Internacional Matisse in El Escorial and Segovia, Spain.  He has recently been appointed Musical Director of the Chipping Campden Festival Chorus and Patron of Shipston Music Society.

Charles is married; he has a son and two daughters.


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