Martin Le Poidevin
Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain
This Wednesday (11th July) I'm singing Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain cycle - settings of Thomas Hardy poetry - in a recital at St Stephen's in the centre of Bristol. It's part of the Bristol Song Recital Series (more details on that website). Alongside the Finzi I'm also doing a couple of Faure songs and Eric Wetherell's Three Shakespeare Sonnets. 1.10pm start, and I'll be accompanied by Sandie Middleton.
Martin 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 nowCurrently practising Hall on the Hill (for St Georges re-opening)
Just recorded Praise To You, Honour to You
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
One 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.
As 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!