Matthew Keegan-Phipps

English composer, performer, and teacher
living in the Communidad Valenciana


The 'Dr Jekyl' of a classical music education in the golden spires of Durham University, mixed with the ' Mr Hyde' of a meeting with morris men at an impressionable age created this hideous hybrid of a musician. Matthew still performs and composes within the fields of folk and classical music:

As a folk musician he was a founder member of Ceilidhography along with melodeon player Simon Bannister; between 2002 and 2016 he performed with Ceilidhography at many of the UK's biggest folk festivals, including Sidmouth, Warwick, Shrewsbury and Towersey. He also performed with many of the top folk artists in the country as part of the band for Morris Offspring at Cecil Sharp House in London.

As a classical musician, he has performed with several concert bands and chamber groups, in particular conducting the Durham University Concert Band for two years whilst a student. More recently singing has become more important to him and over the past seven years he has sung with the Gallery Singers, during which time they became a multi-awarding chamber choir with a fabulous reputation. It has been with heavy heart that Matthew has had to end his association with them as part of the move to Spain, but as one door closes, new doors will open...

His move to Spain has been exciting and thoroughly enjoyable, but his professional role as Head of Music at the Laude British School of Vila-real has had to be his sole focus thus far. New musical endeavours are always welcome, some have recently begun developing already and as new opportunities arise, news will be posted here. If you have an opportunity you would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact him through the contact page.

Recent Events

El Rey Leon

Matthew recently co-directed the BSV performance of "The Lion King" in Vila-real. Click on the link for more info: