Matthew Best (bass singer and conductor, founder of Corydon Singers)

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Matthew Best (born 6 February 1957) is an English bass singer and conductor, especially of vocal music. He founded the ensemble Corydon Singers in 1973 and won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1981. From 1985, he was also a guest conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra. His recordings with Corydon Singers were made on the Hyperion Records label and focus on choral music by the likes of Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn. He is currently engaged as Music Director of the Academy Choir Wimbledon and as a Principal Study singing teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1983MotetsAnton Bruckner; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best2
1986Mass in E minor / Libera me / Zwei AequaleAnton Bruckner; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra Wind Ensemble, Matthew Best2
1987Requiem / Four MotetsDuruflé; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best2
1987Howells: Requiem / Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minorHerbert Howells, Ralph Vaughan Williams; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best2
1987Bernstein: Chichester Psalms / Copland: In the beginning and Three Motets / Barber: Agnus DeiLeonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best1
1987RequiemBruckner; English Chamber Orchestra, Corydon Singers, Matthew Best1
1989Saint Nicolas / Hymn to Saint CeciliaBenjamin Britten; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best, Anthony Rolfe Johnson2
1989Requiem / Messe Basse / Cantique de Jean Racine / MotetsGabriel Fauré; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best52
1989Choral MusicMendelssohn; Corydon Singers, Anne Dawson, John Scott, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best2
1990Serenade to Music / Flos Campi / Five Mystical Songs / Fantasia on Christmas CarolsRalph Vaughan Williams; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra3
1990Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim’s ProgressSir John Gielgud, City of London Sinfonia & Matthew Best2
1991VespersSergei Rachmaninov; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best4
1991MotetsBrahms; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best1
1992Mass in F minor / Psalm 150Bruckner; Juliet Booth, John Mark Ainsley, Gwynne Howell, Jean Rigby, Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best3
1993Te Deum & Mass in D minorAnton Bruckner; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best1
1994The Divine Liturgy of St John ChrysostomRachmaninov; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best1
1995L’Enfance du ChristBerlioz; Alastair Miles, Jean Rigby, Gerald Finley, John Aler, Gwynne Howell, Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best2
1996Requiem in C minor / Marche funèbreLuigi Cherubini; Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best2
1997The Dream of GerontiusElgar; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Waynflete Singers, William Kendall, Matthew Best, Sarah Fryer, David Hill1
1997Liturgy of St John ChrysostomPyotr Tchaikovsky; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best2
1997Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II / Cantata on the accession of Emperor Leopold IIBeethoven; Judith Howarth, Janice Watson, Jean Rigby, John Mark Ainsley, José van Dam, Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best1
1998Fauré: Requiem / Duruflé: RequiemFauré, Duruflé; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best1
2000Missa choralis / Via crucisLiszt; Corydon Singers, Thomas Trotter, Matthew Best1
2015Intimations of Immortality / Dies natalisFinzi; John Mark Ainsley, Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1992The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains / Magnificat / A Song of Thanksgiving / Psalm 100 / Three Choral HymnsVaughan Williams; Sir John Gielgud, Corydon Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Matthew Best1
1996The MassesBruckner; Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best1
2008Choral WorksRalph Vaughan Williams; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best1

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