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, where he was supported by the Ann Driver Trust, before he continued training at London’s Associated Studios Opera Centre. He is currently based in London and works as both a soloist and ensemble singer and he continues to study privately with Marcus van den Akker and with pianist & conductor Adam Johnson.
Operatic roles have included Bourgeois (Fortunio) with Grange Park Opera, Frank (Die Fledermaus) with Fulham Opera & Schaunard (La Boheme) with Opera Up Close which won the Olivier Award for best opera production in 2011. He has also sung Hobson (Peter Grimes) with Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Noye (Noye’s Fludde) with Monmouth Opera, 2nd Knight (Parsifal) and Junius (The Rape of Lucretia) with Elemental Opera, Gerald (La belle de la Bete) at Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Baron (La Traviata) with Opera UK and Petaling Jaya Arts Theatre in Kuala Lumpur, Tom (Merrie England) with Opera South and Gugliemo (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Jackdaws Opera.
Recent ensemble appearances include Iris, La Boheme and The Queen of Spades at Opera Holland Park. Other ensemble credits include Turandot with Northern Ireland Opera as well as Peter Grimes, Queen of Spades, Madama Butterfly, Idomeneo, Tosca, Love for Three Oranges and Tristan und Isolde at Grange Park Opera. In 2014, he was awarded the Grange Park Opera young artist scholarship.
On the solo concert platform he has sung at numerous venues across the UK, performing recently at the London Handel Festival with the Amade Players and also in the title role in Elijah at the Cadogan Hall with the LGMC. Other solo Oratorio performances have included Handel’s Messiah for Bedford Messiah Choir, ‘Where no Shadows Fall’ with Worcester Chamber Choir, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion & Christmas Oratorio with King Edward Choral Society, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Matthew Passion with Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Haydn’s Nelson Mass at the RNCM.
Matthew has had extensive experience singing with many of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles including the Yorkshire Bach Choir, Blossom Street Singers and the Philharmonia Chorus. He also regularly sings with the The J-Tones Quartet, Barbershop-O-Gram, Pitch Perfect Voices and Eschoir all of whom perform regularly across the country and have all made numerous appearances on television and radio.
Matthew enjoys a busy schedule of teaching privately both singing and piano across London and he is also visiting teacher at St. George’s School Hanover Square, Lister Community School and Chigwell School.
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.