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Comments from Students, Band Leaders and Conductors

Student Testimonials

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Why Matt?

Why Matt?

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Comments from satisfied Directors of Music


"Aside from his critically acclaimed artistry as a singer he is a consummate professional, dedicated to his craft.

Matt is always meticulously prepared for whatever the project, concert or indeed live TV broadcast.


He is considerate communicator leading his own ensembles with infectious enthusiasm and calm respect ensuring that the best possible results in performance are always achieved."



"Matt’s decades of experience, his extraordinary vocal gift and skills outlined above are a quite a recipe!

Young students stand to gain a truly inspiring, dynamic and memorable learning experience that would leave no stone unturned."


Matt Skelton

Director of the Guildhall school of Music Big Band.

Tutor of Jazz Drums GSMD

Lead Tutor of Jazz Drums the London College of Music,

University of West London.


"I would strongly recommend that any aspiring vocalist should study with Matt Ford. Regardless of musical genre, his unrivalled experience, professionalism and personable approach is certain to help improve their performance skills, and ultimately their final grades."

Matthew Regan - Professorial Staff, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


"When asked by vocal students what they can do to improve their final recital performance grades, I recommend sessions with Matt Ford - he's a consummate musician"

Ashley Horton

Jazz Tutor - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire


"Matt is a true professional. He knew his material inside out which put everyone at ease. His enthusiasm was contagious and inspired all students, which led to a sparkling performance. We all came away with a much better understanding of the music and had a great time doing so!"

Mike Hall
Former Director of the Royal Northern College of Music Big Band

“Matt tailored perfectly his approach to the differing levels of ability...we
ultimately saw a very distinct improvement in their performances”

Joe Pettitt
Head of Jazz, Rock & Pop
Trinity School, Croydon


'It's an absolute pleasure to see the development of the young people in such a short space of time.  They were coached in such a professional manner'

John Barber

Director - The Love Music Trust



“His wealth of knowledge and experience is second to none and I'm sure
being a teacher in a former life helped him to connect instantly with the

Anthony Jones
Solihull Music Service


“Inspiring and engaging. Such an amazing experience to have Matt working
with our singers”

William Saunders
Director of Music
Royal Hospital School


"Having worked together many times over the years, I knew Matt would be the ideal performer to guest with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra. Matt has a rare ability among vocalists - he "knows" his music inside out. He knows what it should sound like, he knows when things aren't right and, most importantly, he knows how to correct things. Added to that, Matt also possesses incredible skill in communication. He is able to express his ideas and impart his knowledge across all areas of the band and to professional and young players alike. 
Our young musicians learned a lot from their time with Matt and hopefully some of his knowledge, professionalism and style on stage will have rubbed off. Most of all, Matt was a real inspiration to our young players and our concert together was a very special evening, that will live long in my memory, the musicians and the thrilled audience, who were lucky enough to have been there."

Stuart Garside
Musical Director - Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra

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