'Ford shares with Sinatra a gift for
timing and thoughtful phrasing which
adds new colours to the songs and
gives them a freshness'
Award-winning vocalist Matt Ford is widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK, building an enviable wealth of experience, performing with the Halle, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC and RTE Concert Orchestras, as well as the BBC Big Band and Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
Matt works regularly with acclaimed conductor John Wilson, making multiple appearances at the BBC Proms, touring the UK with the John Wilson Orchestra in 2011,2013,14, 15, 16 & 17, and appearing with them at the Aldeburgh, Harrogate, Cheltenham, Hampton Court Palace and Grafenegg festivals.
Matthew features on the 2014 Award winning JWO album 'COLE PORTER IN HOLLYWOOD' recorded at Abbey Rd studios, and
'GERSHWIN IN HOLLYWOOD' recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015.
Matt's made his US debut in 2013 performing at Royce Hall in Hollywood (performing alongside Seth MacFarlane), and in 2016 made his French debut, performing his own show on St Valentines Day in Paris for Radio France.
Matt has also performed in Berlin's Philharmonic Hall with the JWO, a concert streamed worldwide on the Digital Concert Hall.
Matt recorded 'Merry Christmas Everyone' for the 2017 Tesco Christmas Advertisement.
In 2018 Matt made his Barbican debut, performed 6 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrated Bond in Lyon, a Swingin' Christmas in Dublin and Wexford, and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 (FNIMN) and BBC Radio 3. Matt toured the UK in Autumn 2018 with Celebrate Sinatra, performing in major concert halls from London to Glasgow.
2019 began with a trip to Liverpool to celebrate St Valentine's day with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a Spring tour of Matt's new show 'Sing Sing Swing'. In August Matt appeared live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3, as he performed with the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 'The Warner Bros Story', the concert to be featured on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night in September.
The year ended with a debut with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 2 sold out shows at Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and another visit to Bridgewater Hall to perform the songs of Sinatra.
This year has started with a bang! Already Matt has celebrated 'A Night at the Oscars' with the RTE Concert Orchestra, 'Big Band Broadway' with Broadway star Rachel Tucker, pop legends Martin and Shirlie Kemp, and the London Concert Orchestra. Matt travelled to Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall in February, to perform a St Valentine's Day concert of songs from the shows, appearing alongside West End star Louise Dearman.
BBC Prom photographs courtesy of BBC & Mark Allen