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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,  Barton Seagrave,  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.

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.

As well as playing pipe and electronic organ concerts, Matthew is a skilled silent-film accompanist, playing for silent film presentations - of both "comedy shorts" and 2-hour feature films - around the UK and USA.

Aside from his work in the pipe and electronic organ worlds, Matthew is pianist for the jazz band "JazzBy5", and is one of the resident jazz pianists at The Quod, Oxford.

Matthew is resident organist at Saxon Hall, Raunds, Northants, playing for the monthly tea dances on the 3rd Friday of the month from 2pm to 4pm

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.

2020

June 29th

   AOE Summer Break

October 16th

   TopNote Events - Fareham

Concerts in 2020
January 2ndScunthorpe Organ Society
January 12thFire Station Cafe, Chatham (more details)

Piano and Vocals 2.30pm

January 14thBarnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
January 17thThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Piano, 7pm

January 18thIveshead School (more details)

Ashby Big Band

January 21stBedworth Organ Society
January 24thThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Piano 7pm

January 28thRussel Park Club, Bedford (more details)

Keys and Vocals Music for dancing 8pm

January 29thBedford Organ and Keyboard Club
February 5thOllerton and District Organ Society
February 7thThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Piano, 7pm

February 13thBurntwood Music For All (more details)

Variety show - standing in for Paul Carman

February 16thAldermaston Concert Centre
February 17thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton (more details)

Musical Variety Concert

February 20thHarrogate Keyboard Club
February 21stThe Quod, Oxford (more details)

Piano, 7pm

February 28thSt Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)

Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5RU Mike Roberts 01359 250704.

March 10thLeamington & District Organ Society
April 13thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

Rescheduled to 11/1/2021

May 4thNottingham Organ Society
July 2ndAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

July 16thHarrogate Keyboard Club
October 27thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
December 1stBexley Music Club
December 3rdNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
December 9thClacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)
Concerts in 2021
February 15thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton (more details)

Musical Variety Concert

May 12thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
July 7thGrimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club
November 30thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club