He has become increasingly in demand as a soloist. Notable concerts include Handel’s Messiah with Ex Cathedra at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the King’s Consort in Pamplona and Valencia; Bach’s St John Passion with the London Mozart Players at St Paul’s Cathedral; JC Bach’s Ach, Dass is Wassers gnug hatte at Wroclaw Symphony Hall, Poland; and Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with the Salomon Quartet at Birmingham Town Hall. He has also performed several world premieres including James Macmillan’s Seven Angels, Alec Roth’s A Time To Dance and John Joubert’s oratorio Wings of Faith.
He has sung on many recordings and can be heard as a soloist on Ex Cathedra’s disc of Bach’s St Matthew Passion recorded live at Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Gabrieli Consort’s disc, Incarnation, for which he received excellent reviews. He regularly records as a soloist for the National Forum of Music, Poland.
He has appeared in several stage productions including Heiner Goebbel’s I went to the house but did not enter with the Hilliard Ensemble at the National Theatre, Prague; Purcell’s King Arthur with I Fagiolini at the Spitalfields Festival, London; and the incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Globe Theatre, London. He has performed a staged version of Durufle’s Requiem with Ex Cathedra, dancers from Cas Public and the Birmingham Royal Ballet and, most recently, he performed Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House with the Monteverdi Choir. This year he will be performing Monteverdi’s Orfeo, also with the Monteverdi Choir as part of their Monteverdi 450 tour.
He has performed with many of today’s leading vocal ensembles including The Cardinall’s Musick, Ex Cathedra, The Gabrieli Consort, The King’s Consort, The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen and The Tallis Scholars. He is a member of the internationally renowned Orlando Consort, an ensemble specialising in medieval and early renaissance music. Recent tours with the consort have included concerts in Singapore’s National Museum, New York’s Carnegie Hall and venues across Europe. The consort are currently working on a series of recordings for Hyperion, aiming to record the complete chansons of Guillame de Machaut. Volumes 1-3 have been released for sale. He is also a Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral where his duties include singing for the regular services as well as at national events and broadcasts.
Matthew Venner began his singing career as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey and, following a Music Scholarship at Bedford School, went on to become a Choral Scholar at New College, Oxford.