Mark is currently on a term's sabbatical from Enfield Choral Society, but will return to conduct Bruckner's Requiem and Haydn's Little Organ Mass in November. ...details
Mark is a versatile musical director and choral conductor. Using his wide-ranging singing experience, and combining innovative programming with challenging yet fun rehearsals, he draws exceptional performances from his singers.
Before becoming a conductor, Mark sang, and indeed continues to sing with London choral groups, including the BBC Symphony Chorus. He has studied choral conducting with Stephen Jackson, Gregory Rose and David Lawrence and trained in orchestral conducting at Blackheath Conservatoire under Denise Ham.
Mark is currently Musical Director for:
- Helios Voices
- Enfield Choral Society
- Ravensbourne Singers
Mark founded the renowned London-based chamber choir in 1999. As Director, he has conducted over forty concerts including a complete Bach Motet cycle set in different historical contexts. He has prepared UK premieres of works by Judith Bingham and Enrico Carrapatosa, and programmed intriguing concert pairings including Poulenc 'against' Gesualdo.
Musical Director since 2004, Mark has helped them grow in confidence and ability. They recently presented a complete performance of Rachmaninov's Vespers in Russian, and have undertaken new and complex works from local composers Peter Wildman and Roderick Elmer. In 2012, they will collaborate with the renowned Enfield International Voices youth choir.
This small professional group was formed in 2010 and provides choral music for concerts, services and corporate events. Performing a wide range of music including many of Mark's own arrangements, their repertoire spans classical and church music, and popular songs and jazz standards, and they have performed at venues in London including the Guild Hall.
Mark has also been Musical Director for Genesis Chorale in Surrey and has worked as a deputy director with Wokingham Choral Society, Reading Festival Chorus and East London Chorus amongst other notable groups. In 2010 Mark was invited to become temporary Musical Director for Chigwellian Choral Society, whom he prepared for a number of successful concerts, and he has now handed over the reins of a vibrant, happy choir to his permanent successor.