Martin Le Poidevin

Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain

This Wednesday (11th July) I'm singing Finzi's Earth and Air and Rain cycle - settings of Thomas Hardy poetry - in a recital at St Stephen's in the centre of Bristol. It's part of the Bristol Song Recital Series (more details on that website). Alongside the Finzi I'm also doing a couple of Faure songs and Eric Wetherell's Three Shakespeare Sonnets. 1.10pm start, and I'll be accompanied by Sandie Middleton. 

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 writing Canterbury Tales, A Parish Requiem

Have always supported Ipswich Town

Favourite food Curry, homemade breads

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

Upcoming performances

21st May Hall on the Hill Mark Lawrence's new opera to celebrate the opening of St George's new extension. Based on the history of St George's, I get to play four different characters! Postponed from March 1st. Get your tickets from St Georges soon - the first performance was a wild success so this could be a sell-out!

17th June Pocket Opera III Helen Roberts and I, with Kathy Gibbs accompanying, in an Arnos Vale afternoon programme of Songs with a touch of Magic and a NEW Pocket Opera of Mozart favourites.

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!