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Baritone Matthew Nuttall recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, gaining a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. During his undergraduate study Matthew was highly commended in the Elsie Thurston prize (2013), and was recipient of the James Martin Oncken prize (2014), the Alexander Young Singing Prize (2015) and the Frederic Cox Award for singing. Supported by the Kenneth Headley Bequest, Matthew is continuing his study as a postgraduate student, under the tutelage of Peter Alexander Wilson.
Following early studies in piano, trumpet and percussion Matthew successfully auditioned for the Hallé Youth Choir and Hallé Choir, with whom he sang for three years. As a member of the Hallé, Matthew was able to perform at many well established UK concert venues such as The Bridgewater Hall, The Barbican Centre and The Royal Albert Hall. During his time with the choir, he was awarded both the position of bass section leader, and Hallé Youth Training Choir mentor.
In 2016 Matthew was a member of the Buxton Young Artists Programme, performing as a member of the chorus in Beethoven's Leonore. Operatic appearances at the RNCM include performing as a member of the chorus in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (2013) and in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (2016). Roles in their annual opera scenes include Soldier from Rossini's La Cenerentola (2013), Masetto from Mozart's Don Giovanni (2015), Norton from Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio (2015) and Lothario from Thomas' Mignon (2016). Matthew will also be performing the role of Gontran in RNCM’s 2016 Winter production, La Vie Parisienne.
As a regular oratorio soloist, performances include Beethoven’s Mass in C, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart's Vespers K.339, Dvoák's Mass in D, Fauré's Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. Matthew has also recently performed as part of an RNCM chorus in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in Bergen, Norway, conducted by Edward Gardner.
He has enjoyed masterclasses with Patricia MacMahon, John Fisher, Alexander Crowe, Sir John Tomlinson, Christopher Purves, Roderick Williams and Mark Shanahan.
Future engagements include Beethoven's Mass in C, Pergolesi Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Ilkley Choral Society. Matthew also looks forward to performing in Britten’s Billy Budd as extra chorus with Opera North in Aldeburgh Festival, 2017.