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Matthew was inspired to play the lute and theorbo at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He went on to specialize in early music at Manchester University, and at Indiana University (Bloomington) where he studied with the celebrated lutenist Nigel North. He has since worked with a variety of leading UK period-instrument groups including The King’s Consort, Ex Cathedra, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, The Dunedin Consort and I Fagiolini. He also joins some of Britain’s finest lute players as a member of Chordophony, a lute quartet directed by Lynda Sayce.

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