Matthew Searles

Matthew Searles is Assistant Master of the Music at Buckfast Abbey. In this role, he shares in the accompaniment of the Abbey Choir and Monastic Community in the Opus Dei, and has oversight of the Abbey’s new provision of Choristers. In 2018, at the conclusion of Buckfast’s millennium celebrations, Matthew played for Midnight Mass, which was televised live on BBC One. Prior to this, Matthew spent two years as Sub-Organist of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Matthew studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, where as organ scholar he graduated with first class honours and the Driver Prize for ‘outstanding musical performance’. Matthew continued his studies, in both organ and harpsichord, at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Poitiers, France.

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    The Choir of Buckfast Abbey presents music for the First Vespers of Our Lady of Buckfast, the Abbey’s patronal feast on 24 May. The Gregorian chant of the Monastic Rite is interspersed with glorious polyphonic works by Felice Anerio, William Byrd and Francisco Guerrero, culminating in the splendid Magnificat Octavi toni by Tomás Luis de Victoria. A thrilling new arrangement of the traditional devotional hymn Hail, Queen of heaven is the climax of...