Matthew Bason began his performing career in 1994, working at a range of venues as a pianist and organist. He played his first solo organ recital in July of that year, at Hadlow Down, East Sussex. He furthered his musical interests, activities and performances whilst studying at the University of Reading; graduating with a B.A.(Ed) Honours degree in Music and Education in 2002.
Since 1994, Matthew's reputation has grown to an international level. He regularly travels as far afield as mainland Europe, U.S.A., and Canada to play organ concerts, with the rest of his time devoted to teaching and performing across the U.K. He was due to perform for the first time in New Zealand and Australia in 2010, which was postponed due to the birth of his son, James. At present, a tour is being planned for 2016/2017.
From 1994 to 2004 he was Resident Pianist at Sopwell House, St. Albans, where he played as a solo jazz pianist and accompanied other instrumentalist and singers. From 2000 to 2003 he was Resident Musician at Ashorne Hall, Warwick, where he played the Compton and Wurlitzer Theatre Organs, Piano and Yamaha HX-1, as part of the "Mighty Cinema Organ Show" for the "Nickelodeon Collection" tours, and for their highly-popular "Variety Shows" and "Musical Tea-Parties". This residency was cut short by the sudden death of the owner, Graham Whitehead, who was largely responsible for Matthew becoming increasingly involved with theatre pipe organs.
Matthew has also held residencies as a pianist and piano-vocalist at Springs Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (3 years); Kettering Park Spa, Northamptonshire (4 years); Thoresby Hall, Ollerton, Notts (2 years) and shared residencies at The Savoy, Rubens and Connaught Hotels in London (6 years combined).
In 2005, Matthew began to produce concerts known as "One-Man Musical Variety Shows". These shows feature Roland AT350c Organ, Yamaha P105 Piano, Weiltmeister Accordion and Vocals. These shows continue to travel all around the U.K. to both private and public audiences. Where the facility allows, Matthew includes the venue's pipe organ (such as when these shows are produced in a church), thus bringing the instrument to a wider audience.
In May 2014, Matthew became a concert artiste and demonstrator for Allen Organs U.K. - builders of some of the finest digital classical and theatre organs. He launched the new Q315T organ at the Blackpool Organ and Keyboard Festival, and can be heard in "concert" and "demonstrator" modes at many of the major organ and keyboard music festivals.
In September 2015, Matthew joined the team of organists at The Scarborough Fair Collection; entertaining visitors to the museum collection on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Aside from his organ music, Matthew is pianist in jazz quartet "JazzEssence" and jazz band "Lula Jazz". He is also Organist of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Wellingborough.
Matthew will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2019|
|January 17th||Weyhill Electronic Organ Society|
|February 4th||Nuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)|
|February 5th||Russel Park Club, Bedford (more details)|
Keys & Vocals Night - Music also for dancing - 8.15pm
|February 8th||The Quod, Oxford (more details)|
Jazz Piano - 7pm to 9pm
|February 10th||Stockingford Pavilion, Nuneaton (more details)|
Dance - 8.00pm
|February 11th||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|February 19th||Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club (more details)|
Rescheduled from 2018
|February 20th||Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club|
|February 26th||Thanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|February 27th||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|March 4th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
|March 5th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Informal Morning Concert
|March 20th||Bourne Organ Club|
|March 22nd||The Quod, Oxford (more details)|
Jazz Piano - 7pm to 9pm
|March 24th||Music for the North East|
|April 1st||Nottingham Organ Society|
|April 9th||East Devon Organ Club|
|April 11th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|April 15th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton (more details)|
NVOC 40th Anniversary Concert
|May 11th||Beer Wurlitzer|
|May 20th||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 28th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|June 4th||Ollerton and District Organ Society (more details)|
ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
|June 12th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|July 9th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|July 21st||Scarborough Electronic Organ Society|
|August 1st||Weston Organ and Keyboard Club|
|August 6th||Eastbourne Piano and Keyboard Club|
|August 15th||Sussex Keyboard and Organ Club|
|September 17th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|
|September 24th||Launceston Electronic Organ Club|
|September 26th||Kingswinford and District Organ Society|
|November 13th||Sutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society|
|December 4th||North Herts Organ Society|
|December 15th||Sheppey Organ Club (more details)|
afternoon christmas concert
|December 21st||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)|
Christmas variety show
|Concerts in 2020|
|December 9th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|