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  BCOS

Bicester Choral
& Operatic Society

Martin studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Roden and is currently learning with Justin Lavender.

He combines a busy teaching, conducting and performing career. Currently he teaches singing at Sibford School, Banbury, as well as teaching privately from home.

Martin previously held the position of Musical Director with Bicester Choral and Operatic Society from May 1999 to Jan 2002, conducting a wide range of musical genres from Purcell to Broadway musicals and was delighted to pick up the baton once again, having been appointed their new Musical Director from May 2012.

Martin conducts a number of other local choirs. He founded the respected Akeman Voices chamber choir in 1999 to fulfil his desire to present high quality, intimate, performances of renaissance and baroque music, of a mainly a capella style. This skilled ensemble of semi-professional singers performs across the county.

He has been Musical Director with The Warriner Choral Society, since 2004. Since that time he has conducted Faure`s Requiem, Haydn`s Little Organ Mass, Puccini`s and Rossini`s Messa di Gloria, Haydn`s The Seasons, Carl Orff`s Carmina Burana, Beethoven`s Mass in C, Bizet`s Carmen and Mendelssohn's Elijah, culminating this year with their 40th Anniversary Last Night of the Proms celebration.

From November 2010 until July 2012 Martin was engaged as Joint Musical Director with Banbury Choral Society.

Martin has worked with many of Britain`s leading opera companies. Roles include: Ruiz Il Trovatore and Morales Carmen (Stowe Opera), Leonard Merryll The Yeomen of the Guard (BYO, Lindbury Studio, Covent Garden), Strephon Iolanthe (Guildford Opera), Ernesto Don Pasquale (Pavilion Opera, Manilla, Philippines), Dr Blind Die Fledermaus and Goro Madam Butterfly (Opera Box).
He has also worked extensively in opera chorus: The Abduction from the Seraglio (BYO, Lindbury Studio, Covent Garden), Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, Rusalka , Don Carlos (Stowe Opera), Der Rosenkavlier (Spoleto Festival, Italy) conducted by Richard Hickox, Pearl Fishers / Daughter of the Regiment (Swansea City Opera) and La Traviata /Don Giovanni (English Touring Opera).

Concert engagements have included: Mozart Requiem (Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford) and Coronation Mass with Emma Kirkby, Messiah, West Side Story Suites "Action" (Oxford Philomusica), Bach B-minor Mass (Leicester Bach Choir), Song of Creation by Will Todd (premiere performance), Mahler`s Symphony No.8 (Wholsey Orchestra, Ipswich under Peter Stark) and Britten`s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Stamford Chamber Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony No.9 (Bardi Orchestra), Beethoven Mass in C (Leicester University Chamber Orchestra), St. John Passion (Voices of Little Venice), Messiah (City of Leicester Singers), Mozart Vespers / Haydn Harmony Mass and Evangelist in St. John Passion (Brackley Jubilee Choir), Mozart Coronation Mass (Woodstock Music Society), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle / Bach St. John Passion / Israel in Egypt (St. James Singers, Warwick) and Don Jose Carmen (Bicester Choral and Operatic Society).

In 2011 Martin toured with Swansea City Opera in their production of The Barber of Seville, singing the role of The Policeman/Ensemble, understudying the role of Count Almaviva and acting as Assistant Stage Director.

Martin has recorded for Chandos, BBC Music Magazine, BBC Television and has appeared at the Classical Brit Awards 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2008.

He has acted as Chorus Master at Stowe Opera since 2002: Rusalka, Don Carlos, Hansel & Gretel, the critically acclaimed production of Carmen and this year The Marriage of Figaro.

In 2005 Martin was Musical Director of Pirates of Penzance with The Musical Youth Company of Oxford at the Oxford Playhouse.

Since 2010 Martin has been Musical Director for the Deddington Festival "Come and Sing" workshop and performance day.  In 2010 he presented Carl Orff`s masterpiece Carmina Burana. In 2011 singers from around Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties came together to rehearse and perform Karl Jenkins` The Armed Man,  and this year he directed singers through a concert performance of The Mikado.