Justorum animae

This is a live recording of Justorum animae by Matthew Martin. It was performed at St Pancras Parish Church on Saturday 16 May 2015 by The Marian Consort directed by Rory McCleery.

Born in 1976 and educated at Oxford University, Matthew Martin’s career as a composer and arranger is rapidly gaining him an international reputation. His “spikily dynamic style of composition” (BBC Music Magazine) has led him to be commissioned to write for many prominent ensembles, most recently the Gabrieli Consort, the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s College, Cambridge and the American Guild of Organists. He won the Liturgical category in the 2013 British Composer Awards, and in 2015 a disc of his choral music was released by the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford directed by Daniel Hyde on the Opus Arte label to critical acclaim.

Matthew is currently working on a Sonata for Trumpet and Organ for the Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Jason Evans, to be performed in the 2015 Cheltenham Music Festival; and a set of Lamentations for Peter Philips and The Tallis Scholars, as well as a new piece for the choir of New College, Oxford’s forthcoming trip to Rome. Autumn 2015 brings two new pieces for the choirs of Uppsala and Västerås cathedrals in Sweden and a commission for Help Musicians UK for the Celebration of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, London this coming November.

In addition to his work as a composer, Matthew also teaches harmony and counterpoint at Oxford University and is Organist at the London Oratory. His compositions are published exclusively by Faber Music.

Sebastian ForbesAs composer and founder-patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, I have keenly watched it grow from its beginnings more than a decade ago. The Festival quickly became an established and much valued event in London’s musical calendar, bringing proper attention to the vital place of new music in the church’s repertoire. Indeed, it would now be hard to envisage the month of May without the enjoyment of this exciting enterprise.

Sebastian Forbes, composer