Martin Le Poidevin

Singing Exercises

My Little Book of Singing Exercises - is there now! Exercises based on food with increasing difficulty, to teach control and accuracy in singing. Also available - the version for adults with settings of Shakespeare and other great poets

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

Favourite food Curry, homemade breads

Have always supported Ipswich Town

Currently writing Canterbury Tales, A Parish Requiem

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

Upcoming performances

28th February Hall on the Hill Mark Lawrence's new opera to celebrate the opening of St George's new extension. Based on the history of St George's, I get to play four different characters!

1st March Hall on the Hill If you missed it yesterday, you can catch it today!

24th March Messiah With Portishead Choral Society and orchestra under Jonathan Palmer

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!