About Matthew Bason
Matthew Bason began his performing career in 1994, working at a range of venues as a pianist and organist. He played his first solo organ recital in July of that year, at Hadlow Down, East Sussex. He furthered his musical interests, activities and performances whilst studying at the University of Reading; graduating with a B.A.(Ed) Honours degree in Music and Education in 2002.
Since 1994, Matthew's reputation has grown to an international level. He regularly travels as far afield as mainland Europe, U.S.A., and Canada to play organ and piano concerts, with the rest of his time devoted to teaching and performing across the U.K. He was due to perform for the first time in New Zealand and Australia in 2010, which was postponed due to the birth of his son, James. At present, a tour is being planned for 2016/2017.
From 1994 to 2004 he was Resident Pianist at Sopwell House, St. Albans, where he played as a solo jazz pianist and accompanied other instrumentalist and singers. From 2000 to 2003 he was Resident Musician at Ashorne Hall, Warwick, where he played the Compton and Wurlitzer Theatre Organs, Piano and Yamaha HX-1, as part of the "Mighty Cinema Organ Show" for the "Nickelodeon Collection" tours, and for their highly-popular "Variety Shows" and "Musical Tea-Parties". This residency was cut short by the sudden death of the owner, Graham Whitehead, who was largely responsible for Matthew becoming increasingly involved with theatre pipe organs.
Matthew has also held residencies as a pianist and piano-vocalist at Springs Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire (3 years); Kettering Park Spa, Northamptonshire (4 years); Thoresby Hall, Ollerton, Notts (2 years) and shared residencies at The Savoy, Rubens and Connaught Hotels in London (6 years).
In 2005, Matthew began to produce concerts known as "One-Man Musical Variety Shows". These shows feature Roland AT350c Organ, Yamaha P105 Piano, Weiltmeister Accordion and Vocals. These shows continue to travel all around the U.K. to both private and public audiences. Where the facility allows, Matthew includes the venue's pipe organ (such as when these shows are produced in a church), thus bringing the instrument to a wider audience.
In May 2014, Matthew became a concert artiste and demonstrator for Allen Organs U.K. - builders of some of the finest digital classical and theatre organs. He launched the new Q315T organ at the Blackpool Organ and Keyboard Festival, and can be heard in "concert" and "demonstrator" modes at many of the major organ and keyboard music festivals.
In September 2015, Matthew joined the team of resident organists at The Scarborough Fair Collection, in Filey, North Yorkshire. On selected days during the season he entertains visitors with great music on the Collection's Wurlitzer Organ.
He is pianist with Milton Keynes-based jazz quartet "JazzEssense".