Chester Male Voice Choir: 80th Anniversary 1941 - 2021



Meet Matt Baker our new President who succeeds the Duchess of Westminster.
We are absolutely delighted that Matt has accepted our invitation to be our new President.
Matt has composed for many theatre productions around the UK, including several cycles the Chester Mystery Plays, and Chester City Passion. He is artistic director for Theatre in the Quarter which has created exciting projects with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, taking place in a range of settings, from palaces to railway stations, regional theatres to village halls. He is musical director for the women’s choir A Handbag of Harmonies, Chester’s LGBT choir Proud Marys and is director of music at the University of Chester.

Matt’s work as musical director with young people takes him to all corners of the world including Australia, India, Malaysia and Germany. During the pandemic, his work with the International Schools Theatre Association has involved creating film and music with students from all across the globe. Matt and his neighbours created a lockdown ‘musical’ called We’ll Meet Again which was viewed over 400,000 times and was featured on television both nationally and across the world in May 2020. Matt is also widely sought to bring people from all backgrounds together in singing, whether it is hundreds of children in a park, or thousands of bank workers in a stadium.
For his commitment to the arts in Cheshire over the years, Matt has received an honorary Master of Music Degree from the University of Chester as well as the Outstanding Achievement award from the Cheshire Community and Voluntary Arts. Matt was proud to be included in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2021, receiving a British Empire Medal for his services to music and communities in Chester and beyond.

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