Martin Le Poidevin

Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain

Later this autumn (October 17th) I'm singing Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain cycle - settings of Thomas Hardy poetry - in a recital at Malmesbury Abbey. Free entry, donations at the end. It's part of the Wessex Week celebrations. I'll be accompanied by the wonderful Sandie Middleton - we did these songs as part of the Bristol Song Recital July season so if you missed them then, here's your chance to hear them!

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, a web studio.

Me right now

Currently listening to Vivaldi Gloria

Currently practising Earth, Air and Rain; Home at Last

Late night radio faves Various dramas; the News Quiz

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

Upcoming performances

12th October Home at Last By Mark Lawrence. Four years ago, I took part in a staged cantata, also by Mark Lawrence, called Home by Christmas which marked the centenary of the start of the First World War. This year I'm taking part in its counterpart, to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. I am revisiting the character of Sergeant Major Adams, who now has a son! St Mary Redcliffe, 12th October. 

17th October Recital at Malmesbury Festival A recital of music for Wessex week. Including Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain as well as other songs with Hardy or Wessex connections. 

25th November Pocket Opera At Arnos Vale Cemetery. A great afternoon's entertainment - a selection of songs from the worlds of jazz, classical and music theatre, followed by a "Pocket Opera" - a story strung together using some of Romantic opera's greatest arias, duets and ensembles.   

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!