Matthew became aware of the importance of clear articulation when his deaf brother was born. (His brother learnt to speak by lip-reading.) Matthew studied French at university and fell into TV during his final year when he saw a ‘Wanted’ advert for a BBC hitch-hiker. After 25 years of presenting, teaching and professional speaking, he did an MA in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
There he met Cicely Berry, RSC Voice Director and theatrical legend, who invited him to her home for masterclasses. (At the time, Matthew was teaching in a prison and Cicely invited him to share her great experience of teaching Shakespeare in prisons.) He then continued training with Nadine George, Barbara Houseman and the late Kristin Linklater.
Matthew practises an approach drawn from these practitioners which boils down to one belief – that everyone has a free voice but habits, from cultural, physical and psychological influences, often conspire to conceal it.
So, Matthew encourages people to free their true voice. And helps people find the voice they want.
Matthew works with groups and individuals – with group clients ranging from prisoners to business people (for whom his workshops can serve as communication and team-building exercises) and individuals who, over the last few years, have ranged from children to company directors and a concert pianist.
He is based in London but travels nationwide. His voice sessions are fun, educational and life-enhancing.