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
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ALL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES UP TO THE END OF MAY 2020 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
Matthew will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2020|
|May 4th||Nottingham Organ Society|
|October 27th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|December 1st||Bexley Music Club|
|December 3rd||North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club|
|December 9th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|Concerts in 2021|
|February 15th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton (more details)|
Musical Variety Concert
|May 12th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|June 30th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel
|July 7th||Grimsby Keyboard & Electronic Organ Club|
|November 30th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|