Matthew is a founder member of Ad Lib and has enjoyed the wide range of music that the group has played.
Matthew learnt to play guitar at 10 years old and from the age of 17 taught himself to play the piano. His singing came along with learning the guitar when he was encouraged to sing so that he could accompany himself on the guitar to maintain interest and enthusiasm. He also studied A Level music and this knowledge comes as an aid to the band, as well as helping him in his teaching role at the Duke of Bedford Primary School where he is the ‘resident music teacher’, or, as more recently referred to by the Head Teacher ‘Duke of Bedford Schools X-Factor’.
During a normal day, Matthew and his fiancé Bev run their own accountancy and bookkeeping practice ‘Coates Business Services Ltd‘ and Matthew also teaches music in and out of school as well as retailing sheet music and instruments through their other company ‘Coates Notes Music Services Ltd’.
Ad Lib is a great interest and hobby for Matthew and he thoroughly enjoys any playtime with the boys.
After proposing to Bev, Matthew is looking forward to becoming an official parent to the three wonderful children he has at home with Bev and very much enjoys helping them with their homework (especially their music!), reading with them and generally spending time with them. Matthew has also realised that his AKA at home is now ‘the wallet’.
Matthew’s fiance Bev is a keen and loyal supporter of the band and comes along to gigs to support us and, as an avid and outgoing dancer, she encourages guests to get on the dance floor.