Friday, 30 June 2017
On Friday evening, string players from Bolton School, Bolton Music Service and MAPAS were treated to an inspirational workshop and masterclass led by cello virtuoso and opera singer Matthew Sharp.
Matthew is internationally recognised as both a cellist and baritone. He studied cello with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne, voice with Ulla Blom in Stockholm and English at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was taken to Jacqueline du Pré when he was 12, Galina Vishnewskaya when he was 18 and studied chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet. He performs at major venues and festivals worldwide as solo cellist, baritone, actor and director. Matthew has appeared as solo performer with the RPO, LPO, RLPO & CBSO amongst many others, and in opera, he has performed principal roles for Opera North, ROH, Almeida Opera and Mahogany Opera Group, amongst many others. In theatre, he has performed principal roles at the Young Vic and National Theatre Studio, collaborated with Kneehigh, Complicité and, most recently, with legendary illustrator and film-maker, Dave McKean. He has recorded for Sony, EMI, Decca, Naxos, Somm, NMC, Avie and Whirlwind and appeared in recital as both cellist and singer at Wigmore Hall, SBC and Salle Gaveau.
The students came together for an evening of fantastic music making, culminating in a short concert of pieces by Michael Nyman and Vivaldi and some spectacular solo contributions from Matthew. The evening closed with an impromptu rendition of Coldplay's Viva La Vida, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
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