Matthew Long was a successful treble soloist, singing the role of Miles in Britten’s Turn of the Screw for Italian Opera houses. He studied music at the University of York and sang as a choral scholar in the choir of York Minster during his time there. He later won a scholarship to the RCM, London. Whilst there he was a Susan Chilcott Scholar and a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist. At various times, he has been a member of the celebrated chamber choirs, The Sixteen and Tenebrae and continues to sing as a part of the solo voice ensemble, I Fagiolini.
Matthew has appeared as a soloist with many UK based ensembles, including The OAE, The English Concert, The Hanover Band, The Dunedin Consort, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the LPO. Highlights have included Bach, St. Matthew Passion for the Boston Handel and Haydn Society; Britten, War Requiem for Jonathan Willcocks in Salisbury Cathedral; Monteverdi, 1610 Vespers, at the Royal Albert Hall for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. From 2017 – 2019 he has at various times performed the title role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo to critical acclaim in a series of semi-staged productions in Norway, Belgium and the UK with I Fagiolini. In December 2017, Matthew sang the Evangelist for three concerts of Bach’s, Christmas Oratorio with the Danish Radio Choir in Copenhagen. He appears as a soloist on the Dunedin Consort’s recent release of Monteverdi, 1610 Vespers. Other recent concert work has included the solo tenor role in Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers for the RIAS Kammerchor in Osaka, Japan, performing and recording the role of Peter in Handel’s Brockes Passion for Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen, and performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Monteverdi’s Orfeo as Aeneas and Orfeo respectively in staged performances with puppets for Tom Guthrie and Music and theatre for All in Norway and the UK.
Matthew’s debut solo disc with the LPO and accompanist Malcolm Martineau, Till the Stars Fall, was released in 2015. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, gems from the English song repertoire sit alongside folk songs in celebration of some of Britain’s finest music.
In his spare time, Matthew is a keen photographer and follower of wildlife conservation He lives with his wife and two children near Brighton.