Matthew Bason is a professional pianist and organist based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
Matthew 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, USA, and Canada to play organ and piano concerts, with the rest of his time devoted to teaching and performing across the UK.
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.
Matthew has also held residencies as a pianist and piano-vocalist at Springs Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire; Kettering Park Spa, Northamptonshire; Thoresby Hall, Ollerton, Notts and shared residencies at The Savoy, Rubens and Connaught Hotels in London.
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.
Based in Northamptonshire, Matthew is also available as an organist throughout Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Peterborough and elsewhere in the UK.
1 review from 1 booking on FixTheMusic
Reviewed 11 August 2016 by Catherine Oliver
"Matthew's performance really made our event. He did exactly what we wanted and his music made the day very special indeed. I would definitely book him again and highly recommend him to others." - Christening at Church of St Helena & St Mary in Bourn, Cambridgeshire
1 other review
Reviewed 2 August 2016 by Chrissie Harrison
"Earlier this year we had a call from the musician we had booked for the drinks reception at our wedding who had to cancel due to illness. Thanks to this site, we found Matthew - and we were so pleased we found him! We asked him if he could do a piano-vocal set for about 2 hours of "rat pack" music including 3 songs we specifically wanted - he took the trouble to learn the lyrics to one of the songs with only a few weeks to go and he did a great job! Two days before our wedding our church organist called in sick - I remembered from his profile that Matthew was also an organist. Given the short notice I told him that I would be happy with the 2 traditional wedding marches, as our choices of entry and exit music was the usual sort of choice for a church organ. He asked what we originally wanted and he said he would see what he could do or play the wedding marches. So you can imagine how happy I was when I heard him play the organ for the first time - our original choices!! I found out that he went to the trouble of buying one piece of music, and worked out the other by listening to it on YouTube. All the guests loved his music and singing at the church and reception. On top of all that he is such a lovely person (my niece and nephew asked him if he could play some Disney and he did and they kept asking him questions about how the organ worked in church and he took time to talk to them about it - and my nan took a shine to him too!) Next year my mum and dad are having their 30th anniversary and have booked Matthew again. I am really looking forward to that."