Matthew Compton BA Hons (York) 1st Class, PG Dip (RNCM)

Viola, Accordion, Jazz Piano, Arranging, Teaching

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Swing Persuasion

Our jazz/gypsy trio. From Django Reinhardt to George Gershwin, from Verdi to Andrew Lloyd Webber, in styles ranging from Stephane Grappelly to American Bluegrass and from Italian cafe to Hungarian Gypsy, we can literally play almost anything!  Our enormous repertoire and engaging delivery goes down just as well in a live concert setting as at a wedding or anniversary celebration.

Our speciality is performing ‘Round-the-Tables’, which is always a rip-roaring success at wedding dinners. Guests will frequently try to catch us out with requests - we’ll have a go at anything: as long as one of us knows the tune, we can usually come up with an instant version guaranteed to please the crowd!

Personnel:

  Julian Gregory - violin

  Matthew Compton - accordion/keyboard

  Peter Willmott - bass

Swing Persuasion performing at the Sale Waterside Arts Centre in December 2011.

Photo © Cheryl Law


“An extremely versatile musician…”.  Having joined the BBC Philharmonic in 1990 as a viola-player, his tendency to dabble in other musical fields was quickly spotted by like-minded members of the orchestra.  Apart from the viola, he has performed several times with the BBC Philharmonic on accordion and jazz piano, in the concert hall, on radio and on CD.  Recently, Matthew played accordion in Kurt Weill’s ‘Threepenny Opera’, directed by H. K. Gruber and recorded in the original 1928 theatre orchestration for BBC Radio 3.  In 2007-08, Matthew could be seen playing accordion on the stage with Opera North as part of their World Premiere production of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, in performances all over England and Northern Ireland.

Matthew is also an experienced arranger/composer, with an album of Relaxation Music and other original works and many arrangements to his credit, a number of which have been performed by the BBC Philharmonic.  His arrangements of three of Piazzolla’s most celebrated tangos for accordion and mixed ensemble have been performed a number of times, and his version of Glenn Miller’s ‘In The Mood’ for full symphony orchestra has been performed twice at the BBC Proms.


After Hours Jazz Trio

As well as being ideally suited to live performances at small recital venues and jazz clubs, the subtle and sophisticated sound of jazz is the perfect accompaniment to the most elegant of  parties and dinners.

Formed in 2010 from members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the After Hours Jazz Trio has quickly developed a reputation as one of the most musically sensitive jazz ensembles in the region. Although classically trained, the players are united in their love of jazz as an expression of musical freedom that is not available to them in the orchestra. We have frequently worked with other local jazz musicians as frontmen, such as Julian Gregory (violin), Steve Chadwick (trumpet), Mike Hall (sax) and the singer Lyn Fairbanks.

After Hours are all former members of the jazz ensemble Excess Prophet, whom since 2000 have worked with many of Britain’s top jazz players such as Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Pete King, John Etheridge, Lanny Morgan, Steve Waterman, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, and singers Jacqui Dankworth and Anita Wardell.

After Hours are heavily involved in the BBC Philharmonic’s Learning and Community work, with jazz workshops, GCSE composition workshops and larger community-based projects, working with such renowned animateurs as Tim Steiner, Peter Wiegold and Matthew Barley.

Personnel:

  Matthew Compton - piano/keyboard

  Peter Willmott - bass

  Paul Turner - drums

After Hours performing as part of the jazz ensemble Excess Prophet, with Jacqui Dankworth at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club in 2006.


See and hear us  perform with Julian Gregory at Woodhouses Jazz Club:


   Wave                   Misty


            S’Wonderful

The Barn-Stormers

A straight-down-the-middle Barn-Dance/Ceilidh band: fiddle, accordion and bass.

If your clients want to dance, we can provide a caller or MC to show them how it’s done, alternatively the band are great just to listen to while chatting and sipping champagne.

Personnel:

  Julian Gregory/Naomi Koop - fiddle

  Matthew Compton - accordion

  Peter Willmott - bass


The Barn-Stormers helping to celebrate a 70th birthday at Capri Bistro near Wakefield in January 2012.

The Chinley String Quartet

One of the most accomplished and experienced quartets around, the Chinley String Quartet are all members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.  We are based in the beautiful Peak District of Derbyshire, but our work covers the whole North-West region.

Apart from its well-established place in the concert hall, the String Quartet is quite literally the classic accompaniment to weddings, company dinners, exhibitions - in fact, almost any event or function can be given a touch of class by the presence of sweet, melodious string sounds.  Our repertoire is wide, from the celebrated Viennese classics (Haydn, Mozart, Schubert etc.) to arrangements of popular classical pieces by Elgar, Grieg, Bach, Tchaikovsky and others, as well as show tunes, operetta, jazz, Jewish dance music and even American Bluegrass!

Any favourites? If you would like a favourite piece of music played at your wedding, for example as the bride enters the church or for the signing of the register, we can usually make sure an arrangement is ready for the big day.

You won’t be disappointed!

Personnel:

  Julian Gregory - violin

  Mary Bird - violin

  Matthew Compton - viola

  Steven Callow - cello




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