Previous concerts:

See below for some recordings from my blog. Meanwhile, here is the biography from my latest concert programme:

“Matthew Munro is descended from the keyboard-playing Tidballs of Cardiff.  Uninspired by the musical opportunities of his youth, Matthew spent many years nurturing a modest repertoire of personal favourites, giving only private performances for family and friends.  This repertoire includes solo works by Rachmaninov, Debussy, Ravel, Bartók, Elgar, Mayerl and Sibelius.

In the summer of 2011, Matthew’s parents had a chance encounter with Stella Seaton-Sims, whose love of Russian Romantic music suggested a possible collaboration.  When Matthew received Stella’s first batch of music, he saw Vaughan Williams’ Silent Noon at the top of the pile.  That sealed the deal, and their first session began with a tempestuous rendition of Barber’s Love At The Door, since when they have developed a strong musical understanding and a considerable repertoire.

Matthew’s other musical highlights include: having his breath control praised by Sir Geraint Evans; banging through excerpts of The Dream of Gerontius with Dennis O’Neill after dinner; taking the first line of Purcell’s Hear My Prayer as a solo; and that awesome concert of Nielsen’s Fifth and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra at Symphony Hall in 1995 (he had never heard either work before, and was transfixed).”
(entries from blog follow)

Salut d’Amour (piano solo)

In concert at St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, Matthew Munro performs Edward Elgar’s engagement present to Alice. The piano is a Bechstein, on loan from the next-door Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

By the way, Elgar was a Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter. Also, Matthew’s father’s father’s mother used to sing this; I don’t know what words.

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