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A Tribute to Julian Bream

2 September 2022


Free to attend

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St Paul's Church welcomes Matthew Sear to kick off our Autumn Lunchtime season with a selection of guitar pieces handpicked across the span works by Britten, Walton and Sear himself.

Set List:

Five Preludes (1940)

Prelude no 2 - Heitor Villa - Villa Lobos is (1887 - 1959)

Homage to Debussy (1920) - Manuel de Falla (1876 - 1946)

The Three Cornered Hat (1919) - Manuel de Falla (1876 - 1946). Dance of the Milller 

Capriccio Arabe (1892) - Francesco Terrega (1852 - 1909)

Nocturnal Op 60  (1963)

Come Heavy Sleep - Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)


Five Bagatelles (1973)

Bagatelles 2 and 3 - William Walton (1902 - 1982)

Elegy for Bream (2021)  - Matthew Sear (b.1975

Tears (1937) - Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953)

Please note there are no public toilets on site, the closet are located just outside the church on the Piazza.

Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.


Matthew Sear


Matthew Sear is a London born musician noted for compositions and performances that draw from a variety of styles. 

He trained as an undergraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and as a post graduate at the University of Surrey and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, studying classical guitar/composition and exclusively composition at the latter. He additionally holds fellowships with The Royal Society of Arts and the London College of Music. 

He gave his debut at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden (in 2006) and has since, performed as a guitarist/composer at venues that have included; St John Smith’s Square, St James’ Piccadilly, Hertford College (University of Oxford) and St Martin In The Field's 'Series For Young Composers'.

International performances have taken Matthew across; France, Spain, Sweden and North America, while his own pieces have been performed at home and abroad, receiving premier performances at The Edinburgh, Toronto and Adelaide fringe festivals. 

“The America Suite contained both the bustling New York Metropolis and hints of Southern Bluegrass...exhilarating!”

Melinda Hughes, ( Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 )

He has featured in magazines and journals that have included; Classical Guitar, Guitar Tutor, We Are Cult, The Jewish Chronicle and the American classical music publication Fanfare;  writing.

“Sear has the measure of the music…control and pace. A fine composer and guitarist”.  

Fanfare 2014

With seven albums released to date, Matthew is currently working with the award winning artist Mina Kupfermann on a music and animation collaboration ‘Seven Days’, the duo’s interpretation of the creation story

A Tribute to Julian Bream

2 September 2022


Free to attend

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