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Matthew Berry, the conductor and joint founder of Commotio, studied music at University College Oxford, where he was organ scholar and then assistant organist. After conducting The Oxford Chamber Choir for two years as a student, he founded Commotio in 1999. Having finished his degree, he studied postgraduate choral direction with Patrick Russill for two years at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Berry’s expertise lies in the research and promotion of little-known contemporary choral repertoire, principally from Scandinavia, South Africa, the United States and Slovenia. In 19 years working with Commotio he has initiated many premieres including, most recently, the UK premiere of Rolande Falcinelli’s Messe de Sainte-Dominique. In February 2013, the Governing Body of the Royal Academy of Music elected Berry an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). Berry returned to conduct Commotio in 2019–20 after a short sabbatical during which Bob Chilcott directed the choir.

For more information, visit www.commotio.org/conductor.

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