Musical Director

Matthew Cann

Matthew Cann took up his role as Musical Director of The Torbay Singers in September 2019. He has been a Lay Vicar of Exeter Cathedral Choir since September 2006 and is a piano and singing teacher at Exeter School. 

Matthew Cann was educated at The King’s School, Gloucester. Whilst there, he was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral and later head chorister under the direction of Dr John Sanders, participating in the famous Three Choirs Festivals that took place in Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford. His further education took him to Colchester to study piano and voice where he gained a first in piano performance. After Colchester he went to Oxford for a post-graduate teaching diploma in secondary music.

After finishing his formal education he became a Lay Clerk at Norwich Cathedral as well as teaching piano and working as an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music. During his time at Gloucester, Norwich and Exeter Cathedrals, Matthew has been involved in numerous television appearances, radio broadcasts, tours and recordings. He has sung in front of Royalty and through those choirs worked with such prominent composers as the late John Taverner and Arvo Pärt. He is a published composer writing mainly for unaccompanied choir and has had one of his anthems broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He also conducts his own choir called “Antiphon” founded in 2011 that has made two disc recordings to date with Willowhayne Records. He took up his role as Musical Director of The Torbay Singers in September 2019. He is in demand as a soloist singing parts in the Bach Passions and B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah and numerous other works.


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