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Matthew Bason

Telephone Number :  01536 517744   or   07743 134301

Email address :  matthew@matthewbason.co.uk

Website :  www.matthewbason.co.uk

Address :  68 St. Saviours Road,  Ise Lodge,  Kettering,  Northants,  NN15 5EJ 

About Matthew

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's Photo Gallery

Herme's Bijou Theatre, Racine, Wisconsin, USA

Matthew's Concert Diary

Matthew's Festival appearances

Matthew will also be featured at the following festivals this year.

2019

February 15th

   Tope Note Events - Eastbourne

March 4th

   Association Of Organ Enthusiasts

August 30th

   Brett Wales Music Festivals

November 22nd

   Top Note Events - Kettering

Concerts in 2019
January 17thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
February 4thNuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)

Variety Show

February 5thRussel Park Club, Bedford (more details)

Keys & Vocals Night - Music also for dancing - 8.15pm

February 8thThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Jazz Piano - 7pm to 9pm

February 10thStockingford Pavilion, Nuneaton (more details)

Dance - 8.00pm

February 11thFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
February 19thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club (more details)

Rescheduled from 2018

February 20thPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
February 26thThanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club
February 27thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club
March 4thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert

March 5thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Informal Morning Concert

March 20thBourne Organ Club
March 22ndThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Jazz Piano - 7pm to 9pm

March 24thMusic for the North East
March 29thThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Jazz Piano - 7pm to 9pm - Bar Open - Free Entry

March 31stSidcup Golf Club (more details)

2.30pm - Piano and Vocals - prebooked only - 020 8300 2150

April 1stNottingham Organ Society
April 9thEast Devon Organ Club
April 11thSleaford Organ Club
April 15thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton (more details)

NVOC 40th Anniversary Concert

April 19thThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Jazz Piano - 7pm to 9pm

April 21stBraza Club, March, Cambs (more details)

Dance 8pm

May 11thBeer Wurlitzer
May 17thBurgess Hill Keyboard Club (more details)

Change of Artiste

May 18thSt Botolphs Church, Grimston, near Kings Lynn (more details)

Musical Variety Show - Admission £10 incl punch and nibbles

May 20thBrentwood Organ and Keyboard Club
May 28thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
May 31stCrawley Keyboard Club
June 4thOllerton and District Organ Society (more details)

ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH

June 12thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
July 9thWithernsea Organ Society
July 21stScarborough Electronic Organ Society
July 22ndDerby Organ and Keyboard Club
August 1stWeston Organ and Keyboard Club
August 6thEastbourne Piano and Keyboard Club
August 10thSwineshead Charity Concerts (more details)

SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm

August 15thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club
September 17thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
September 24thLaunceston Electronic Organ Club
September 26thKingswinford and District Organ Society
November 13thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society
November 26thOrpington Keyboard Club (more details)

Christmas Concert

December 4thNorth Herts Organ Society
December 15thSheppey Organ Club (more details)

afternoon christmas concert

December 21stBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

Christmas variety show

Concerts in 2020
July 2ndAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

December 9thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)