St. Michael’s Choir
Photo By Gordon Young
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
St Michael's Choir participates regularly in Sunday worship, leading the praise and singing anthems at the 11am Service.
Additionally we sing occasional concerts as well as events like “The Big Sing” for Alzheimer Scotland in June 2015 and historical pageants like the Church Son et Lumiere in November 2015.
One of the highlights of the Church year is the annual Choral Lessons & Carols Service, shortly before Christmas.
Rehearsals are held in the Church at 7:30pm on Thursday evenings from September until Easter or in the Adam Room of Cross House at 8:15pm if the Church (weather permitting!) can’t be used. 100% attendance is not required!
Matt Edwards BA(Hons) BA(Hons)(Open) BSc(Open) FD(Open) ARCO AMusTCL LTCL
Matthew, born in Hampshire in 1976, first studied the organ with Robin Walker at St. Michael’s Parish Church in Aldershot, where he was also a chorister. After Sixth Form College he moved on to King Alfred’s University College in Winchester, receiving organ tuition from Christopher Monks at Winchester Cathedral. He was then appointed Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, spending time as both Acting Assistant and Acting Master of the Music. In 1998 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Dundee, at just 21 becoming the youngest Cathedral director of music in Britain. After a period of freelance work, including posts in St. Andrews and Dundee; Matthew was appointed Director of Music at Alloa West Church in March 2002 – where he spent just over six years.
In 2008 Matt was appointed Director of Music at “the Baptist Cathedral of Europe”- Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley. Here Matt took over the active adult choir and worked hard to draw new people in through concerts and the larger events of the liturgical calendar. The choir sang 3 anthems each service, as well as concert preparations. Matt also instigated a highly successful organ recital series and held many other concerts, all raising funds for the music in the church. He was also the custodian of the world-famous 4 manual 1894 Hill pipe organ - one of the finest in the world.
Since then he has undertaken performances throughout the UK and has appeared on many broadcasts and recordings.
Matt is a perpetual student and has just completed his fourth degree with The Open University. In October 2016 he began studies for a Master of Arts degree. In summer 2013 Matt gained his LTCL diploma in Organ Performance with distinction, achieving an astonishing 90% and in 2016 gained the world renowned diploma of Associateship of the Royal College of Organists. He is currently working towards further diploma exams.
Other posts in recent years have included Musical Director of the Alloa Musical Players for three of their annual shows, and concert work in Scotland and England. He makes regular trips to Hampshire to accompany the choirs of the University of Winchester. Recent recitals have included the Cathedrals of Blackburn, Brecon, Chester, Dunblane, Hereford, Newcastle, Oban and Perth.
In 2007 he formed "The Trumpet Shall Sound" with RSAMD graduate, Grant Golding, and is involved in regular Trumpet and Organ recitals throughout the UK.
Matt suffers from M.E. and has recently given up full time employment to concentrate on his health. This allows a happy balance of work as a musician and his postgraduate studies in creative writing.
Matt is a member of the Cathedral Organists Association and the Royal College of Organists. He is in high demand as a performer, arranger, conductor and teacher. In Autumn 2016 he celebrated 30 years in church music, from Chorister to Organist.
For more information about Matt, have a look at his website mattedwards.org.uk. He has his own You Tube channel here and his CD is available here.