Martin Le Poidevin

Durufle Requiem

I'm singing the Durufle Requiem with the UWE Singers conducted by Maxwell Davies. We're doing two performances - one in Holy Trinity Church, Kingswood on 1st December; the second in St Monica's Trust, Westbury-on-Trym on 8th December. Both start at 7.30. More details

About Martin

LePatStGeorgesMartin Le Poidevin is a British singer, liturgist, composer, teacher, conductor and administrator living and working in the South West of England. 

Among his many functions he is Director of the Music Group at Clifton Cathedral, author of A Little Book of Singing Exercises, singing teacher with South Gloucestershire Music Hub and Bristol Plays Music and proprietor of Allegro-Brio.co.uk, a web studio.

Me right now

Late night radio faves Various dramas; the News Quiz

Currently watching LIttle Drummer Girl, The First

Favourite food Curry, homemade breads

I love doing cryptic crosswords. Most days I attempt the Guardian crossword. Here is my latest completion (or not) record

Upcoming performances

1st December Durufle Requiem With the UWE Singers, conducted by Max Davies. Plus Big Band and Barbershop. 7.30pm start. Holy Trinity, Kingswood. More details. With repeat performance...

8th December Durufle Requiem With the UWE Singers, under Max Davies and with Alison Howells (organ). And Jenna Brown as mezzo. Saint Monicas Trust, Westbury-on-Trym. 7.30 start. With Big Band and Barbershop

19th December Bristol Song Recital Series Christmas Special Even if you go to no other Christmas event this year, make sure you go to this one! Charlotte Newstead and I (with Sandie Middleton) will be singing a great mixture of classical and popular Christmas songs and duets, plus some traditional carols for you to join in! In Saint Stephen's, starts at 1.10pm, free entry!

For a full list of upcoming concerts, click here.

Little Book of Singing ExercisesOne of my major teaching aids is the Little Book of Singing Exercises. Available in Food, Poetry or (still in development) Psalms versions, they are for children (of all ages), adults (again, of all ages) and church cantors respectively. 

Find out more here.

Be a better singerAs a very experienced cantor in the Catholic church I can provide day courses on a number of subjects. Recent ones have included Be a Better Singer (for any mixture of people - cantors, would-be cantors, choir members and just-want-to-sing-in-congregation-singers) and Singing the Office, which helps choirs and music leaders introduce Morning and Evening Prayer into their parishes.

Talk to me about any other sort of day that you might like to 

I teach singing to adults and young people alike, in schools and in private lessons. Lessons are fun and informal, but I will be constantly probing what your current singing ambitions and requirements are so that we have a target and direction for each lesson and overall. 

We concentrate on a rounded approach, balancing everything that a singer needs, such as breathing, reading music, intonation, performing tricks and confidence and much more. It's a constant happy voyage of discovery!