Rufus has been Music Director of the Hardynge Choir since 2011.
Matthew Woodward grew up in St Albans and was a John Clough Music Bursary winner at St Albans School. He studied the piano with Isabel Beyer and more recently with Karen Dore and went on to read Music at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (now Royal Holloway University of London) graduating in 1995. After a brief spell in the catering industry, Matthew trained as a music teacher and, for a number of years, taught class music at a large secondary school in St Albans. He now teaches the piano privately in Biggleswade and St Albans.
He joined the instrumental staff at Heath Mount School, Watton-at-Stone in 2005, and is the school’s resident accompanist for concerts, examination candidates and choirs. Matthew acts in a similar capacity at St Albans School and also teaches the piano in the prep school at St Edmund’s College, Ware. In addition to his teaching, Matthew gives regular recitals as both a soloist and duettist.
Matthew has been the accompanist for The Hardynge Choir since 2005.