Formed in 2011, Antiphon has made Buckfast Abbey in Devon its most regular home for concerts and recitals. Initially, Antiphon performed three concerts a year, meeting on the day of the concert to rehearse and then perform. Today, the choir’s home is Exeter and concerts are given in the Cathedral as well as at Buckfast Abbey. Members of the choir comprise both full and part-time singers, many professional. Under its present Director, Matthew Cann, the choir now meets on a regular basis and enjoys performing a wide ranging repertoire of old and new music. Their reputation is well known and critically acclaimed in the West Country and beyond.
Matthew Cann was educated at e King's School, Gloucester. Whilst there, he was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral,progressing to head chorister under the direction of Dr John Sanders. Matthew took part in the rst performance andbroadcast of the Sanders Reproaches and as head chorister, gained the experience in singing in the famous ree ChoirsFestivals that took place in Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford. His further education took him to Colchester to studypiano and voice where he gained a rst in piano performance. After Colchester he went to Oxford where he gained hispost-graduate teaching diploma in secondary music.
Once his education was nished, he became a Lay Clerk at Norwich Cathedral, as well as teaching piano and being anexaminer for the Royal School of Church Music. He has been a Lay Vicar of Exeter Cathedral Choir since September2006 and is a piano and singing teacher at Exeter School. During his time at Gloucester, Norwich and ExeterCathedrals he has been involved in numerous television appearances, radio broadcasts, tours and recordings. He hassung in front of Royalty and through those choirs worked with such prominent composers as the late John Taverner andArvo Pärt. He writes mainly for unaccompanied choir and has had his anthem In manus tuas, (featured on thisrecording) broadcast on BBC Radio 3. As well as directing Antiphon, he has been a guest conductor for Buckfast AbbeyChoir, e St. Peter's Singers of Exeter Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral Choir.
“Some of the best choral singing I’ve heard in 40 years.” – Lucien Nethsingha, former Director of Music, Exeter Cathedral
"O nata lux has been interpreted exactly as I would have wished. O sacrum convivium too - although only the best of choirs could achieve the level of spaciousness you've managed to give it." - Graham Keitch
"It's beautiful! Well sung and perfectly recorded." - Erik Meyer