Martin Le Poidevin

The Selfish Giant

Richard Jeffrey-Gray's wonderful little opera based on Oscar Wilde's short story, as part of the Clifton International Festival. I get to play the Giant. Filled with great tunes, it's free entry so why not come along? 5pm, June 5th, Clifton Cathedral 

About Martin

LePatStGeorgesMartin Le Poidevin is a British singer, liturgist, composer, teacher, conductor and administrator living and working in the South West of England. 

Among his many functions he is Director of the Music Group at Clifton Cathedral, author of A Little Book of Singing Exercises, singing teacher with South Gloucestershire Music Hub and Bristol Plays Music and proprietor of Allegro-Brio.co.uk, a web studio.

Me right now

Currently watching Not much!

Have always supported Ipswich Town

Currently writing Glory to God, Tenebrae

I love doing cryptic crosswords. Most days I attempt the Guardian crossword. Here is my latest completion (or not) record

Upcoming performances

5th June The Selfish Giant Richard Jeffrey-Gray's wonderful little opera, with words by Alison Dodd based on the story by Oscar Wilde. I'm the Giant! Clifton Cathedral, 5pm start. Free tickets, with a donation at the end. It'll be a workshop performance, but well worth hearing nevertheless.

23rd June Pocket Opera at Arnos Vale Pocket Opera (me, Pat Leighton, Helen Roberts and Kathy Gibbs) are back, with a new Pocket Opera based on the works of Handel. Plus a first half of other songs, ensembles and arias. 2.30pm start in the Arnos Vale Cemetery Anglican Chapel. A wonderful venue! Please come along and enjoy the fun. 

17th July Song Recital Series Lunchtime Concert A collection of songs about the sea and sailing. Part of the Bristol Song Recital series of lunchtime concerts. Music by Stanford, Faure, Michael Head, John Ireland and more. 1.10pm start, free entry with a retiring collection

For a full list of upcoming concerts, click here.

Little Book of Singing ExercisesOne of my major teaching aids is the Little Book of Singing Exercises. Available in Food, Poetry or (still in development) Psalms versions, they are for children (of all ages), adults (again, of all ages) and church cantors respectively. 

Find out more here.

Be a better singerAs a very experienced cantor in the Catholic church I can provide day courses on a number of subjects. Recent ones have included Be a Better Singer (for any mixture of people - cantors, would-be cantors, choir members and just-want-to-sing-in-congregation-singers) and Singing the Office, which helps choirs and music leaders introduce Morning and Evening Prayer into their parishes.

Talk to me about any other sort of day that you might like to 

I teach singing to adults and young people alike, in schools and in private lessons. Lessons are fun and informal, but I will be constantly probing what your current singing ambitions and requirements are so that we have a target and direction for each lesson and overall. 

We concentrate on a rounded approach, balancing everything that a singer needs, such as breathing, reading music, intonation, performing tricks and confidence and much more. It's a constant happy voyage of discovery!