As a clarinettist, saxophonist and singer, Aga has had the opportunity to explore many different styles including: classical, Jazz, soul, soul and Funk. Aga also has a keen interest in theatre, especially music theatre, writing and producing his own musical ‘Celebrity’. Professionally, his style of choice has been jazz, which Aga has played across London with an eclectic mix of groups; this accompanies his private tuition and workshop leading. Improvisation and composition play a major part in his music making and workshops. Aga has done much work with Sing-up, the national singing strategy, allowing him to work with a variety of age groups and diverse levels of ability.
Matthew trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and has since sung with numerous opera companies across the UK including Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Northern Ireland Opera as well as Opera Up-Close whose production of La Boheme won the Oliver Award for best new opera in 2011.
Matthew has had extensive experience singing with many of the UK’s leading vocals chamber ensembles including the Yorkshire Bach Choir, Blossom Street Singers and the Philharmonia Chorus. He regularly sings with the The J-Tones Quartet, Barbershop-O-Gram, Pitch Perfect Voices and Eschoir all of whom perform regularly across the UK and have all made numerous appearances on television and radio.
Matthew also enjoys a busy schedule of teaching privately both singing and piano across London and he is also peripatetic teacher at St. George’s School Hanover Square, Lister Community School and Chigwell School. You can visit Matthew’s website here.
Ashley started piano lessons at the age of 6 after he had begun learning how to play TV themes on a keyboard his parents had bought him one Christmas. He joined Wakefield Cathedral choir soon afterwards and aged 12, became one of the youngest church organists in the country. Whilst at university, he set up a successful jazz band and in his final year, performed Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the university orchestra. Ashley is now the music director at St Giles’ Church and teaches piano and organ in Dulwich and Camberwell.