Martin Le Poidevin

Time and Tide

I'm delighted to have been asked to take part in Time and Tide, a new community opera to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Clevedon Pier. Written by Mark Lawrence and Claire Williamson, the cast includes Clevedon Choral Society and schools from the area. I'm playing the MC and ... well, who knows what? October 24th and 25th, Clevedon Community Centre. Visit the website for more info

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

Currently watching Not much!

Just recorded Praise To You, Honour to You

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

Upcoming performances

17th July Song Recital Series Lunchtime Concert A collection of songs about the sea and sailing. Part of the Bristol Song Recital series of lunchtime concerts. Music by Stanford, Faure, Michael Head, John Ireland and more. 1.10pm start, free entry with a retiring collection

24th October Time and Tide A new community opera by Mark Lawrence and librettist Claire Williamson to mark the 150th Anniversary of Clevedon Pier. I'm playing (at least - there may be more characters to come) the role of the Master of Ceremonies. Also on the 25th October. At Clevedon Community Centre. 

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!