Highly acclaimed, world renowned and recorded Lutenist, Matt Wadsworth
Matthew Wadsworth drew us into his intimate world of music written for the lute and theorbo last year when he played for us in the Abbey. But he also spoke so well about his music, we thought how wonderful if we could entice him to do our lecture recital – and he said Yes! Master of the Lute, the Miller’s Tale was written specifically for Matt by Stephen Goss, as well as a concerto for theorbo. The title of his lecture will therefore be The Theorbo, a giant Lute with a big past, present and future.
“You get the feeling that he’s playing for himself and for you, but not for a big public. Gestures are subtle, with an expressive range which flatters sophisticated ears… perhaps because he always plays from the heart, there’s an inner power and sincerity to his performances which make for compelling listening.”
–Simon Heighes, International Record Review
Matthew Wadsworth started his professional career as a lutenist in 2000. Working in the UK, Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared at most major concert halls and festivals, and can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings. Matthew studied lute at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Nigel North, after which he spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
Matthew has recorded for Avie, Deux-Elles, Linn, EMI, Channel Classics and Wigmore Live. His CD recordings have all received international critical acclaim, and have been featured as Gramophone Editor’s Choice on several occasions. His latest CD, Late Night Lute, was editors choice in the August 2017 edition of Gramophone magazine, and received 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine. You can buy a copy here tonight!
In 2011, Matthew trained in California to do a long distance motorbike jump, achieving a distance of more than 70 ft. A documentary of the project can be found on YouTube. The Wadsworths moved to Norwich in 2015, and are very proud to be a part of such a great city.
The Madeline Storey Trust and Rotary Club of Wymondham