Martin Le Poidevin was born in Essex and educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Bristol University, where he gained a First Class Degree in Music.

Martin is a well-known oratorio soloist in the west country, with a wide repertoire. He has also sung as soloist with internationally renowned orchestras and groups such as The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Symphony Orchestra and his Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts; he has also appeared with the Tallis Scholars and as part of the solo line-up with I Fagiolini.

As well as an oratorio soloist Martin has sung a wide range of operatic roles, including Ford (Falstaff), The Count (Marriage of Figaro), Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas). He has created a number of roles. He is also a recitalist – he specialises in the classical song cycles and English song. Last year he was the baritone soloist in John Rutter's 70th birthday concert, conducted by the composer himself. Later this year he is to sing Rutter's Shadows song cycle, along with a newly commissioned song cycle with lyrics by the poet Ian McMillan, in St Georges, Brandon Hill, in Bristol. 

Alongside his professional singing engagements, Martin is a member of the music staff at Clifton Cathedral (you can look him up on the Radio 2 website talking about his work in the Cathedral) with whom he has made countless recordings and broadcasts. He regularly directs the diocesan choir and visits and advises parishes on their music-making. He is a published composer. His St Luke Passion was premiered at the Clifton International Festival of Music, and his An Evening Requiem was premiered on his 50th birthday, with an invited cast of singers and players. 

Martin is also a singing teacher with well over 50 students on his books, and runs a small internet programming agency specialising in music projects. He is married with five young children.

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