• 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

ABOUT MATT

Matt Baker is a multi-talented professional – with masses of music and theatre experience working with people of all ages from within the profession and in many communities. As artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter, musical director for A Handbag of Harmonies, composer of many theatre productions including Chester Mystery Plays 2003 - 2018, professional actor and all-round entertainer, Matt is an extremely sought-after act.

Matt’s diverse musical composition credits range from large-scale choral works to intimate studio theatre pieces. His work as musical director has taken him to places as far as Melbourne and Delhi, Hong Kong and Dar Es Salaam, and he has appeared in television programmes for BBC and Yorkshire TV. Matt also runs corporate workshops of many scales, enabling teams of non-singers to get up and sing – in harmony and with choreography! The perfect team building experience.
Profile

A multi-talented composer, arranger and performer.

Artistic Director of Theatre in the Quarter.

Musical Director of the all-women’s choir A Handbag of Harmonies (featured on BBCTV)

Composer for the internationally renowned Chester Mystery Plays, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018.

Highly skilled delivery of singing workshops to people of all ages and abilities.

Composer for theatres, and events and choirs across the UK.

Extensive musical work with young people in the UK and across the world.

Artistic lead on cultural programming for St Mary's Creative Space, Chester.

Varied acting credits including theatre and television.
Matt Baker is a multi-talented professional – with masses of music and theatre experience working with people of all ages from within the profession and in many communities. As artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter, musical director for A Handbag of Harmonies, composer of many theatre productions including Chester Mystery Plays 2003 - 2018, professional actor and all-round entertainer, Matt is an extremely sought-after act.

Matt’s diverse musical composition credits range from large-scale choral works to intimate studio theatre pieces. His work as musical director has taken him to places as far as Melbourne and Delhi, Hong Kong and Dar Es Salaam, and he has appeared in television programmes for BBC and Yorkshire TV. Matt also runs corporate workshops of many scales, enabling teams of non-singers to get up and sing – in harmony and with choreography! The perfect team building experience.
Profile

A multi-talented composer, arranger and performer.

Artistic Director of Theatre in the Quarter.

Musical Director of the all-women’s choir A Handbag of Harmonies (featured on BBCTV)

Composer for the internationally renowned Chester Mystery Plays, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018.

Highly skilled delivery of singing workshops to people of all ages and abilities.

Composer for theatres, and events and choirs across the UK.

Extensive musical work with young people in the UK and across the world.

Artistic lead on cultural programming for St Mary's Creative Space, Chester.

Varied acting credits including theatre and television.

composer

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Matt’s diverse composition credits range from large-scale choral works to intimate studio theatre pieces. He has an enviable number of songs to his name, many of which are well known for their striking, memorable, uplifting or tear-jerkng melodies and often sumptuous harmonies.
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performer

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Matt is a versatile performer, in the fields of cabaret, theatre and television. He has several acting credits to his name, including professional theatre productions, BBC and ITV programmes. His work as a musical performer includes piano, accordion, organ and vocal performance, often leading large numbers to join him in mass singing.
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musical director

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Matt is a prolific musical director with particular skills in enabling people of all ages and experiences to achieve exceptional standards in performance, whether he is working with a professional or community theatre company, a choir, international youth theatre, school workshops or music in a corporate setting.
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He has also built up a strong reputation for providing atmospheric, almost ‘filmic’ underscore for many of his theatre pieces. He has composed for professional, musical, children’s, community, youth and outdoor theatre as well as many pieces for Theatre In Education. Matt has also written individual items ranging from Christmas carols and organ voluntaries to pop songs.

"Matt Baker's music unites Heaven and Earth" (The Observer, 2013)

"Intensely beautiful" (Prince Charles describing 'Yet Hope I' in 2014)
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Theatre in the Quarter

Matt is artistic director and composer of this successful company which provides opportunities for professional, community and young people’s theatre. Production highlights include…

The Lost Boy
Some Sunny Day
Sweet Sixteen
Garden Lane The Musical
Home For Christmas
James
Forgotten Fortress
Silent Night
Unsinkable
Star of Wonder
Opera of the Chester Giants
A Christmas Carol
Handbag – The Musical
The Snow Queen
Alice
Over by Christmas
Best Days Of Our Lives



Other composing credits

Chester Mystery Plays 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018

Chester City Passion, 2016, 2017

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Christmas Carol (Dukes Playhouse,Lancaster)

Arabel’s Raven, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Shoah, It Was A Dark and Stormy Night, James and The Giant Peach, 

Alice in Wonderland (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Director: Russ Tunney.)

Cover Up, Dumisani’s Drum, Tidelines and Arabian Nights. Large Scale community pieces include The Pool Of Dreams, Macbeth and Comedy Of Errors, Jack In The Junk Box, Jack and The Little Fir Tree, Jack’s Midnight Surprise. (Action Transport Theatre)


More pieces

City of the World/Be The Best (words by Helen Newall for Chester’s celebration of the Olympic year 2012)

Anthem for the Port (words by Janys Chambers)

We’ll Be There as part of the Tsunami Appeal (Chester Voices).

V.E Voices to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of WW2. (Chester Voices).

City For The Games, official Olympic Bid Anthem for Manchester 2000.

Liverpool Bids Farewell for Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2002.

From The Ocean to the Stars for the opening of the Liverpool World Museum 2005.

Many compositions for Jigsaw, Quartz and Rewind theatre groups (TIQ).

The Prioress’ Tale (by Helen Newall) Opera for Cheshire’s Millennium Celebrations.

We Live Here Still (2009) with words by Andrew Rudd, performed by Frodsham and District Choral Society to celebrate the town’s 900th anniversary.

Gloria (Organ and SATB) Battle festival, Battle Church, July 2006.

A number of Carols, settings and organ voluntaries.

Something in mind? Contact Matt to discuss your needs. He can…

Compose a score for a piece of theatre

Compose a score for a piece of dance

Compose songs or anthems for a school, community or festival

Compose for choirs, organ, piano or instrumental ensemble

Arrange existing songs for 4-part choir
Matt has many years of experience working internationally as a musical director within education, from toddlers through to students, teachers and practitioners working in the arts industry. He is a musical director for the International Schools Theatre Association. He also works in the corporate world, enabling large groups of bank managers, retail managers or farmers to sing and perform in a matter of minutes.
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Musical directing highlights include...

International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA)

A Handbag of Harmonies

Halifax Annual Conference, National Exhibition Centre 2011

Iceland National Conference in Dublin 2013

Chester Mystery Plays 2013

Stagecoach National Choir Showcase, Birmingham Symphony Hall 2016

Across The World for the arrival of the Olympic Torch to Chester Racecourse 2012

Various productions at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Why not talk to Matt about your project? He can…

Musically direct a professional or community theatre company

Musically direct young people of all ages and abilities

Musically direct choirs or choral societies

Deliver corporate events targeted at engaging large group of people in singing and performing

Deliver workshops for theatre or music students

Deliver music workshops for people of all ages and abilities

Direct theatre performances

Generate and develop arts or community festival programmes

Need a little musical entertainment? Matt can…

Lead a mass singalong with the piano or accordion

Present or compere an evening of entertainment or awards ceremony

Perform as an actor, musician or presenter in live theatre or on camera