Matthew Searles — Master of the Music
Matthew Searles is Master of the Music at Buckfast Abbey. He is responsible for all aspects of the musical life of the Abbey, including the daily Mass and Office, direction of the Abbey Choir, and is Executive Producer of the in-house record Label, Ad Fontes. Matthew joined the Abbey in 2018 as Assistant Master of the Music, during which time he helped to re-establish a treble line of choristers, and played for Midnight Mass, televised live on BBC One. Prior to moving to Buckfast, Matthew was Sub-Organist of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. He is a prizewinning graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, where he received First Class Honours and the Driver Prize for ‘outstanding musical performance’. Matthew continued his studies at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Poitiers, France. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Robert Pecksmith — Assistant Master of the Music
Robert Pecksmith is Assistant Master of the Music at Buckfast Abbey, where he is responsible for the training of the Abbey choristers and shares in the organ playing for the daily Office and at the daily Mass in the Abbey. Previously, Robert held appointments at St James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Wakefield Cathedral, and the York Oratory, where he was Assistant Director of Music between 2015 and 2020. Robert trained as an organist at the junior department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and later as organ scholar at Somerville College, Oxford, where he read history. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
David Davies — Organist
David Davies is Organist of Buckfast Abbey and Organist at the University of Exeter. He trained as an organist, pianist and conductor at Eton College, Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University. David held church and cathedral appointments both in the USA and the UK, most recently as Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral and Sub-Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Guildford Cathedral. He has given concerts across the USA, Japan, South Africa and in several European countries. He also tutors on organ academy courses and lectures frequently on the intersection of the arts and liturgy.