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Robert Jones was educated at Trinity School, Croydon, where he gained the FRCO diploma and ran his own parish choir while still at school - during this period he was also a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music as a pianist and was taught harmony by Robert Langston (then Director of Music at St Bride's). He gave a lunchtime organ recital in the church in 1974 and had the ambition to become Director of Music from that time onwards.
In 1975 he became a Music Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he sang in the Cathedral choir under Simon Preston, studying singing with David Johnston and organ with the late Nicholas Danby. Following graduation, he held posts as Lay Clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor and Westminster Cathedral before embarking on a career as one of Britain's leading consort singers, featuring on award-winning recordings with the Tallis Scholars, the Orlando Consort and the Gabrieli Consort. He maintains a lifelong interest in piano and organ playing and choral directing, and realised his ambition to come to St Bride's in 1988.
Since then he has directed the choir for numerous services, concerts and recordings, the high point probably being the service attended by Her Majesty the Queen in November 1997 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the church's post-war re-dedication.
He also holds a number of teaching posts and has been an examiner for the Associated Board since 2004, working in the Far East as well as in the UK. He has been associated with many leading British choral societies and has been conductor of the Eastcote Choral Society since January 2009.
Matthew studied the organ and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Virginia Black, and continued his post-graduate studies as a piano accompanist with the Geoffrey Pratley and the late Alex Kelly, winning all the Academy's accompaniment prizes. He was first appointed to St Bride's in 1991 as our H J C Stevens Organ Scholar. and in addition to playing the wonderful Compton organ in our services, he conducts the St Bride's Orchestra, directs our Come and Sing workshops, edits the live service recordings for the Listen Again feature on the St Bride's website, is the producer of our St Bride's Live record label, and provides many of the bespoke 'pop' arrangements for the choir.
Outside St Bride's he works as a chorus-master and repetiteur with some of our country's top professional and amateur choral groups, including The BBC Singers, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, London Voices, Voicelab, Brighton Festival Chorus, Guildford Choral Society and Vivace Chorus. He is also the Chorus Director for the Buxton Festival, and Music Director of ITN's Office Choir.