World and Folk Music
Matthew studied Javanese gamelan at Oxford University with Alex Roth, and has since taken lessons with Pete Smith. He plays with the gamelan groups in Bristol, Bath and Oxford. Matthew is the director of the Bath Spa Gamelan group (see under Student Ensembles)
Matthew is a member of the world music group Safar together with Jon Banks, Ahmed Abdel Rahmen, Sara Stowe and Fariboz Kiani. They have made a number of recordings and performed at the York and Beverley Early Music Festivals, Southampton, Bath and Oxford.
Matthew first engaged with Cornish folk music when at School in Cornwall and wrote a number of contemporary folk songs based on Cornish themes. Recently Matthew has been recording his own boyhood songs composed to words by his father George Spring. The culmination of this project will be a CD of Matthew’s songs ‘Echoes of a Cornish Past’, recorded with violinist Richard Jones.
Bath Spa Gamelan concert 2012
Safar in performance