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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Matthew Beale sang with Wokingham Choral Society at Eton College Chapel on 21 March 1998 performing Bach's St John Passion.

He appeared with the Society again at The School Hall, Eton College on 28 March 1999 to perform Mozart's C Minor Mass and Mozart's Symphony No 38 (Prague).

He sang with us once more at The School Hall, Eton College on 26 November 2000 singing in Tippett's A Child of our Time and Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto.

He appeared with us again at St Paul's Church, Wokingham on 02 June 2001 to sing works by Vaughan Williams, works by Elgar and works by Finzi.

He joined the Society yet again at Eton College School Hall on 24 November 2002 to sing Haydn's Creation.

October 2002

Matthew Beale       Tenor

MATTHEW BEALE was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, where he read Psychology. Following three years as a lay clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor he trained at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Kingsley. He received The Laura Ashley Scholarship as well as a Sybil Tutton award from the Musician's Benevolent Fund and one from the Ian Fleming Charitable Trust. He is currently studying at the National Opera Studio sponsored by The Royal Opera House.

Whilst at the RCM he took the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Sir Philip/Narrator Owen Wingrave, Sellem in The Rake's Progress and Bruschino figlio in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino. He has also sung Berengario in Handel's Lotario and Ugone in Flavio with the London Handel Festival, Der Junge in Lars Klit's Der Letzte Virtuose with the Berlin Kammeroper and Ferrando in Così fan Tutte on a recent tour of the Isle of Man. His repertoire also includes Thomas in Birtwistle's The Last Supper, Paolino in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage and the title role in Francis Grier's St Francis of Assisi.

Matthew has performed with many of the top British choral groups - The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music and Polyphony. His recent performances as soloist have included Boccherini Stabat Mater with The King's Consort at The Wigmore Hall, Carmina Burana in Liverpool, Messiah at Worcester Cathedral, Creation with the Guildford Philharmonic, Bach St John Passion and B Minor Mass at St John's Smith Square, the St Matthew Passion at the London Handel Festival and Bach and Handel with the Raglan Baroque Players/Nicholas Kraemer. As a recitalist he has performed in Japan, England and Wales. His repertoire includes Bach Magnificat, Monteverdi Vespers, Mozart Requiem, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin and Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge. He recently recorded the tenor arias in Bach's St John Passion with The Choir of New College Oxford / Edward Higginbottom.

Matthew's forthcoming plans include Remendado in Carmen and Septimius in Theodora for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, First Priest in Die Zauberflöte and Second Gravedigger in Hamlet at The Royal Opera House. On the concert platform he will sing Lo Sposalizio with The King's Consort / Robert King, Handel L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato at La Chaise Dieu Festival, Britten Les Illuminations with The City of London Sinfonia, the St John Passion with The Hanover Band, Bach B Minor Mass with The Manchester Camerata / Nicholas Kraemer and Easter Oratorio with The Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Kraemer.