Matt Baker has received an honorary degree of Master of Music (MMus) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts, in particular the Chester Mystery Plays and as Artistic Director of Theatre in the Quarter.

Matt Baker is a composer, musical director and performer.

Matt has composed for theatre productions around the UK, including New Vic Theatre Stoke, Nuffield Theatre Southampton and Dukes Theatres Lancaster. He Baker was composer and Musical Director for the 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018 cycles of Chester Mystery Plays, and the hugely successful Chester City Passion in 2016 and 2017. Matt is Artistic Director for the city’s Theatre in the Quarter, a Chester-based professional theatre company which has created exciting theatre with music involving people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Its work has taken place in a range of settings, from palaces to railway stations, regional theatres to village halls.

Matt is musical director for the vivacious and successful all women’s choir, A Handbag of Harmonies, the new LGBT choir for Chester, Proud Marys, and Director of Music for the University of Chester Choir.

Matt’s work as musical director takes him to all corners of the world, including Australia, India, Malaysia and Germany. He is also widely sought to bring people from all backgrounds together in singing, whether it is hundreds of children in a park, or thousands of bank workers in a stadium.

He was awarded the Cheshire Community and Voluntary Arts award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in 2016.

Matt said: “I have dedicated most years of my life engaging many different communities in developing the profile of arts in this city. Growing up here, I am proud to call Chester my one true home. I feel so honoured to have been awarded this Honorary Master’s Degree in Music by the University of Chester in recognition of the work I have carried out over the years. I would like to dedicate this award to the memory of my beautiful Mum who, together with my Dad who will see me receive this degree, have