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MATT BAKER

COMPOSER • MUSICAL DIRECTOR • PERFORMER

THE WEBSITE OF
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MATT BAKER

COMPOSER • MUSICAL DIRECTOR • PERFORMER

  • Chester Mystery Plays: …Matt Baker’s terrific score ranges from pub singalongs to majestic choruses. The Guardian, 4 star review
  • Matt Baker’s music unites heaven and earth. The Observer
  • James and The Giant Peach - Nuffield Theatre Southampton: I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought that you had been very clever with the music. You cleverly took some of my dialogue and turned it into snatches of song, with very tuneful melodies. This was exactly the kind of treatment I wanted my adaptation to have.David Woods - playwright
  • Matt Baker’s excellent score. Liverpool Daily Post
  • A Christmas Carol, Dukes Lancaster: ..and the music score is a sheer delight. It’s beautifully sung and played too by an excellent cast. The Dukes must produce a CD of the shows soundtrack what a splendid stocking-filler it would make! Lancaster UK Online
  • My staff tell me that you were truly inspirational in a way that they will never forget. Dr Lesley Cooke - singing workshop at University of Chester, 2016
  • The evening entertainment was phenomenal! - (I had so much fun and I could see the sheer enjoyment on the faces of my colleagues). Hilary Berry - Chair of Cheshire West Association of Primary Heads
  • A Christmas Carol, Dukes Lancaster: The musical direction, by Matt Baker, was one of the highlights of the show, and the lovely arrangements of festive tunes were performed beautifully by the cast, providing a fantastic accompaniment to the dramatic action.The Westmorland Gazette
  • What I learned about your sessions was your sense of fun and the way you sorted a room full of over a hundred people into harmony parts and had them singing in half an hour. You are a fantastic teacher and you remain so positive too. One of the really amazing things that you can do is that you can SING ALL THE PARTS!! It is amazing. To have a male teacher who can sing my part is amazing. You were such a good influence on everybody. Your influence on the children was electrifying. You have so many talents. Thank you for all your hard work and the beautiful music you composed. Participant
  • Theatre in the Quarter, the group which began modestly in the Garden Quarter area of Chester and which now attracts professional actors with impressive track records and huge reputations to its productions…..It will take something incredible for Theatre in the Quarter to top all this in 2013 but if there is one person who can manage that feat, it’s Matt Baker.Chester Chronicle, January 2013
  • Yet Hope I: "Intensely beautiful"Prince Charles, 2014
  • Words cannot say how thankful we are for the beautiful song you composed for our school. Today's assembly was off the scale in terms of energy and inspiration and we are so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you. You really are one of the most talented and inspirational people I have ever worked with and I really hope we can work together again. The praise is rolling in from staff, parents, UNICEF assessors and children. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Roz Artist - teacher, Cherry Grove School, Chester, April 2017
  • Everyone commented on what great sessions you led and were asking when you would be back! Amy Robinson - Peer Support Group Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Amazing and inspirational sessions. Thanks for being part of our Roadshow for teachers and delivering fabulous content. Everyone had such a lot of fun. Thank you! Alita Mills - Head of Education, Stagecoach Theatre Arts UK
  • You blew us away and really set the bar high for our first rehearsal. Thank you so much as we all thoroughly enjoyed you leading us. What a great and uplifting song! Wish you were based in London. Mathurot - Making Music UK
  • Thank you' for the work you did with our choir. You pitched it perfectly. I have had so much positive feedback from choir members about how helpful it was. It has given us the confidence we need to move forward.Liverpool LGBT Chorus

LATEST NEWS
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Matt Baker honoured with award for outstanding contribution to the arts in Cheshire

From Chester Chronicle, May 2016

Chester composer, musician and theatre director Matt Baker has been awarded for his contribution to the arts in the county. The artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter, who composed the music for the past three cycles of the award winning Chester Mystery Plays, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution award at the Cheshire Community and Voluntary Arts Awards at Chester Town Hall yesterday evening (Tuesday, May 10). The judges said: “If anyone embodies the spirit of community involvement in the arts in Cheshire, it is Matt Baker."

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For around 20 years, Matt has been inspiring Cheshire community members of all ages to participate in music and drama. As an individual, as musical director of Chester choir A Handbag of Harmonies and as artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter, Matt is unrivalled in his ability to enthuse and inspire people to explore their creative potential. He has been composer and musical director of the last three cycles of the Chester Mystery Plays, now probably the largest regular community drama project in the UK.

His work takes him around the UK and internationally to places as far as Australia, India, Burma, Turkey, Hong Kong and Malaysia, but his dedication to work in Chester and Cheshire is enormous. He is also responsible for generating over 15 years of artistic activity in the Garden Quarter neighbourhood of Chester.

After receiving the award, Matt said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Outstanding Contribution award, that Theatre in the Quarter won the Community Performing Arts award for the second year in a row and that Chester City Passion was highly commended. It was wonderful being in a room with many other organisations and individuals who have supported me or collaborated with us and to be able to thank them personally.

"My training ground was with Action Transport Theatre and I have had a long and fruitful association with Jo Sykes and the Chester Mystery Plays, Homegrown Dance Theatre, Cheshire Dance and Dee Video to name a few. Collaboration and participation is what I am about and what is so important in the arts. It will be especially important with the opening of the new theatre in Chester later this year."


Over the years Matt has worked with thousands of young and adult members of the community and highlights of his work include - Across the World at Chester Amphitheatre in 2012, a BBC Music Nation event in advance of the London 2012 Olympics - Over by Christmas in 2014, to coincide with the 100th commemoration of the First World War - Best Days of our Lives at Chester Cathedral.

Most recently, Chester City Passion was the success of Matt Baker’s vision, both directed and musical directed by him. This involved more than 200 participants of all ages and an audience of thousands to a single performance in Chester city centre.

FEATURED PROJECTS & NEWS
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Matt's latest project gets terrific feedback.

After just three performances of Theatre in the Quarter's THE LOST BOY, the feedback from audience members has been overwhelming.

Here are a few of the comments.

The play runs until 7 May and tickets can be booked HERE or by calling 07854 550549.

Pics by Mark Carline. 

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Matt's latest project gets terrific feedback.

After just three performances of Theatre in the Quarter's THE LOST BOY, the feedback from audience members has been overwhelming.

Here are a few of the comments.

The play runs until 7 May and tickets can be booked HERE or by calling 07854 550549.

Pics by Mark Carline. 

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