about mat heighway


Mat Heighway is a professional double bassist and bass guitarist. He also sings, plays keyboards and percussion, acts, and hires out double bass flight cases, amongst other things.

Mat has performed in nearly forty Royal Shakespeare Company productions since 2004, and appears both as a bassist and as a singer on several RSC CDs. He has toured with west-end musicals, orchestras and choirs in the UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Poland, The Czech Republic, Greece and Italy. He currently plays with London-based acoustic/roots/folk/Americana band Pig Earth and klezmer quartet Klezmer Kollektiv. As a singer Mat has performed throughout the UK and parts of europe, has recorded for CDs, BBC Radio and Classic FM, and appears as a backing vocalist on Frances Ruffelle's 2010 album, Imperfectly Me.

Mat also works as a TV and film extra, and has a part-time handyman business called Mr Meticulous.

Some of Mat's current affiliations include:

Download a PDF of Mat's CV here:

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Mat's freelance work has included:

  • English Symphony Orchestra / English String Orchestra
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • Bochmann Ensemble
  • Orchestra of the Swan
  • Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • Jersey Chamber Orchestra
  • Orchestra da Camera
  • Southern Festival Orchestra
  • National Musicians Symphony Orchestra
  • EC4 Orchestra
  • Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra
  • Corelli Ensemble and Corelli Chamber Orchestra
  • Bergamo Ensemble
  • Philharmonia Orchestra (experience scheme)
  • Albemarle Orchestra
  • Oxford Philomusica
  • Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra
  • Aminta Chamber Orchestra
  • Orchestra of the Royal Borough
  • Slough Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Elgar Orchestra
  • Henley Symphony Orchestra
  • Spires Philharmonic Orchestra

Mat's performing work with the Royal Shakespeare Company has included:         (* denotes depping)

  • Timon Of Athens (Swan Theatre, Stratford, 2019)
  • The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, 2018)
  • Miss Littlewood (Swan, 2018)
  • Titus Andronicus (RST, 2017)
  • Twelfth Night (RST, 2017/18)
  • The Seven Acts Of Mercy (Swan, 2016/17)
  • The Rover (Swan, 2016/17)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream* (RST, 2016)
  • Don Quixote (Swan, 2016)
  • Dr Faustus (Swan, 2016)
  • Death Of A Salesman (RST and Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2015)
  • Love's Labour's Won (RST, 2014/15)
  • Love's Labour's Lost (RST, 2014/15)
  • The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (RST, 2014)
  • Arden Of Faversham (Swan, 2014)
  • Antony And Cleopatra (Swan, 2013)
  • Candide (Swan, 2013)
  • A Mad World My Masters* (Swan, 2013)
  • As You Like It (RST, 2013)
  • The Mouse and His Child (RST, 2012/13)
  • Much Ado About Nothing* (The Courtyard, Stratford and Noel Coward, 2012)
  • Song Of Songs (Swan, 2012)
  • Measure For Measure (Swan, 2012)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream* (RST, Stratford, 2011)
  • The City Madam (Swan, 2011)
  • The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Newcastle and Novello Theatre, West End)
  • Love's Labour's Lost* (Courtyard, 2008)
  • Merry Wives - The Musical* (RST, 2006)
  • Much Ado About Nothing* (Novello, 2006)
  • The Comedy of Errors (Novello, 2005 and RST*)
  • Twelfth Night (Novello, 2005 and RST*)
  • Pedro, the Great Pretender (Playhouse Theatre, West End, 2005)
  • House of Desires (Playhouse, 2005)
  • Beauty and the Beast (RST, 2004)

Mat's other theatre work has included:         (* denotes depping)

  • Oklahoma! (UK National Tour)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour)
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour)
  • High Society (UK Tour)
  • The King & I (UK Tour)
  • West Side Story (Curve, Leicester)
  • The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)
  • West Side Story (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester)
  • Follies (Royal Theatre, Northampton)
  • Legally Blonde
  • Oliver!
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Grease!
  • Sweet Charity
  • A Chorus Line
  • Hello Dolly!
  • Aspects of Love* (UK Tour)
  • My Fair Lady* (UK Tour)
  • The King & I* (UK Tour)
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie* (UK Tour)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang* (London Palladium)
  • Copacabana* (UK Tour)

Mat has performed on dozens of recordings. Here is more information about some of them, as well as links to buy: