During our practice in the Gareth Edwards' Suite at the Arms Park last week we had a memorable moment when our President Frank Hennessy met Matthew Baldwin, a post graduate student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, who is being sponsored by CAPMC. In the photograph above Dr Trevor Hopkins is announcing the award to the choir while Frank and Rob Davies (Committee) listen intently. Matthew responded "I am incredibly grateful for your kind bursary and would love to get to know the choir over the coming two years".
Frank performed a few of his classics including Grangetown Whale while he exclusively gave us a preview of his latest song 'Glamorgan'. Frank will be travelling to Cork with the choir for their tour in May. It was an eye opener for Matthew to see a veteran professional like Frank performing.
Matthew is a classically trained bass from the North West of England, currently studying for an MA in Advanced Operatic Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Matthew’s classical vocal training began in 2014 with Michael Hall, who introduced him to the world of opera. Through the opera company Musica Lyrica, Matthew gave his first public performance as an operatic soloist singing arias from The Magic Flute, Don Pasquale, and Showboat. In summer 2018, Matthew was delighted to perform his first principal role as Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute, a role he reprised in early 2019 with Flat Pack Music. In July 2019, Matthew debuted in London, performing the role of Colline in Puccini’s, La Boheme, a role he reprised in early September 2021 with the North Wales Opera Studio. Matthew graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in July 2020 with a Batchelor of Music (BMus hons).