Mark is a musical director, choral trainer, composer, arranger, and singer. He currently conducts choirs for MIO at Herbert Smith Freehills and The Daily Telegraph, as well as directing his renowned chamber choir HELIOS Voices, professional group HELIOS Soloists, and Enfield Choral Society. In 2013 he helped form the Islington Council choir, which has gone on to perform acclaimed public concerts and to sing at official functions under his direction. This year he has also been Guest Conductor for Harlow Choral Society.
Mark sang with numerous London choirs for over 20 years, taking part in hundreds of public performances in London and across Europe, including BBC Proms, radio broadcasts and commercial recordings, and is still in much demand as a low bass. He began conducting in 1999, and has worked with dozens of choirs, choral societies and workplace choirs in London and the south east. His choral arrangements, covering a wide range of genres from folk-song to a cappella pop, have won recognition from audiences and singers alike. Mark has been a conducting tutor and regional chairman for the Association of British Choral Directors.
Away from music, Mark cooks a mean chilli, loves going to the cinema, is a secret maths puzzle geek, and visits Spain as often he can.
What was the first piece you conducted? A motet by Bach (probably very badly)
What is your favourite piece of music / song? It changes at least every week – but Walton’s 1st Symphony is regularly in the top spot
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? Will I sound pretentious if I say Johann Sebastian Bach?!
Where did you grow up? Various small towns in the Peak District
What single item could you not live without? The diary on my mobile phone