Mark has been involved in choral music for most of his musical career. He graduated in Music from Bristol University, specialising in composition and performing as a singer, lutenist & percussionist as well as directing performances of his own works. Since moving to London in 1994, he has sung with several high-profile choirs, performing regularly in London’s major concert venues and on BBC radio and television. He has taken part in numerous commercial recordings and sung in almost every country in western Europe.
Mark now specialises in choral conducting, having founded his renowned chamber choir HELIOS Voices in 1999, and gone on to direct numerous choirs and choral societies including the Harlow Chorus, Genesis Chorale and Chigwellian Choral Society.
Mark has also directed many community and workplace choirs, plus his own professional ensemble HELIOS Soloists. He has directed Enfield Choral Society since 2004, leading us in many challenging performances including Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Mendlessohn’s Elijah and Poulenc’s Gloria.
Mark’s choral compositions and arrangements have been performed by choirs around the world. In the summer of 2018, to great acclaim, we performed the world premiere of Mark’s composition “A Crowd of Stars” for choir and jazz band. Mark composed this piece especially for ECS, to celebrate 15 years with the society.
Mark is a trustee of the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD), an organisation which promotes training, education and development of choral directors with the aim of improving standards in all choral activity.
During the Covid-19 pandemic he helped instigate ABCD’s series of webinars, supporting choirs and directors during lockdown and leading the way in returning to safe live rehearsals.