Matthew Crane aka” Young Maestro” is the UK's Youngest Classical Baritone
At 17, after five years continual vocal training, he has already surpassed the careers of many of his operatic counterparts of the older generation. He has competed in many Classical Festivals and won many accolades for his stunning renditions of opera classics such as "Nessun Dorma", "Toreador" and "La Donna e Mobile" and has performed on the World's grandest stages including, The Royal Albert Hall, The Birmingham NEC and The Fairfield Halls with the London Mozart Players, to great acclaim.
Matthew's extraordinary talent was discovered by his music teacher, Mrs Lynne Buckley, who recommended Matthew undertakes classical vocal tuition from a trained vocal coach, Christine Hubbard who trained with the Welsh National Opera. Matthew has also received tuition from Tay Cheng-Jim, an experienced teacher/counter tenor whom studied at The Guildhall School of Music.
Matthew's journey began when he won the prestigious Star4Medway competition in 2005 at just twelve years old, winning the chance to perform at the first ever Kent Music Festival and to meet and sing alongside Miss Katherine Jenkins.
Matthew's many achievements include being a champion of the BBC Talent Show, "Let Me Entertain You", hosted by Brian Conley and Christine Bleakley, a support artist for Katherine Jenkins and a regular face on terrestrial television. Matthew has gained much local and national press interest on his journey so far and also many glowing celebrity reviews including a "Daily Express" article written by journalist, Vanessa Feltz and a letter of support and recommendation from the talented musician, Jools Holland.
Matthew has also won many Classical Festivals with distinctions for outstanding performances to date he has won over 48 competitions.
Matthew had success with a hip opera track alongside two Rappers titled “Memories” on Sky TV’s Channel U; it reached no 3 in the Urban Music Charts. He also won a major title at the Hackney Empire, UK Unsigned, the biggest National Talent show in the UK.
Matthew works tirelessly for charities and has contributed to raising over £300,000. He is a Patron for the CPC, (Cerebral Palsy Care Charity a local Charity which offers help and care to people with cerebral palsy and their families and to disabled people.
Matthew achieved 16 GCSES with 4 x A Star Distinctions in Music, and now attends college studying for a National Diploma in Music Practice.
Matthew’s ambitions are to perform at the O2 Arena, to go to the Royal Academy of Music in London, and to sing at the opening ceremony of the 2012
Matthew recently performed at the 02 in the 'Voice in a Million' Concert in London on 28th January 2010. supported by a choir of 5000 children & the capital arts children’s choir SPIRIT and the Hot Gospel Choir for The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF).He received a standing ovation and much adoration.
Matthew has also been invited to become the first patron of the Survivors Coalition Foundation by the founder, Beverli Rhodes. The foundation was set up and consists of survivors of the 7/7 London Bombings. The aim of the foundation is to raise its profile as it is the 5th anniversary this year and the group are working on a project which will involve the production and promotion of a CD in which the survivors will sing featuring Matthew.