Matthew’s programme will include Rheinberger’s Sonata No. 9, Guilmant march on a theme by Handel, music by Percy Whitlock, hymn preludes and variations on Schubert’s Marche Militaire. After the interval he will accompany David Tonkin who will play a programme of baroque music. Please click on David’s thumb nail to read more about his programme.
Matthew Pitts was born in Yorkshire and is both a pianist and an organist, having studied the piano with Joan Rowe and the organ primarily with John Marsden here at St Mary’s, Tickhill.
He studied Russian and German at Durham University, during which time he was Organ Scholar at the College of St Hild and St Bede.
After graduating with a first-class honours degree in 2003, Matthew was appointed Assistant Organist at All Saints’ Church, High Wycombe, before completing a Master of Arts degree in Translation Studies at Sheffield University. He has subsequently held several organist posts, including Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral and Organist of St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich.
Matthew is also an experienced music teacher, having been a tutor to the Diocese of Norwich’s organ scholarship holders, and has presented organ-playing workshops for students of all ages.
Since he returned to Yorkshire in 2009, Matthew has developed his work as a freelance musician, playing regularly in churches across the local area and further afield, and has been organist at St Bartholomew’s, Maltby for the past nine years. He continues to work as accompanist to a number of local choirs and music groups.
Matthew has performed frequent organ and piano recitals across the country and abroad, both as a soloist and increasingly often as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists.