A Song Of The New Jerusalem commissioned by the John Sanders Society and first performance by Gloucester Cathedral choir in July 2011 The Faber Choral Signature Series introduces a wealth of new or recently written choral music to choirs in search of fresh repertoire. The series draws in a rich diversity of living composers and includes both lighter and more challenging contemporary works, offering a thrilling array of varied styles.
Born in 1976, Matthew Martin studied music at Magdalen College, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music. He began composing at an early age at school and is now gaining recognition as an exciting and original voice in choral music. His works are regularly performed, broadcast and recorded both in this country and further afield, and appear on both the Hyperion and Chandos labels. He has written music for many leading choirs, including the Cardinall's Musick and the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Recent commissions for new works have come from the BBC Singers (Latin Nunc Dimittis - 2011), St John's College, Cambridge (The St John's Service - 2011) and the New London Children's Choir. Matthew was Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral from 2004 to 2010, having previously held positions at Canterbury Cathedral and New College, Oxford. During his time as Acting Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral in 2008, he directed a rare and highly acclaimed recording for Hyperion of Victoria's Missa Gaudeamus with the Lay Clerks.