'....a very professional and talented performer who is reliable and focused.'
José Antonio Bowen
Following early studies at The Royal College of Music Junior Department, Mark played professionally with The Regimental Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards. During this time he won the Frank Wright Cornet Competition at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, and was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition. Mark graduated from the University of Southampton having played principal trumpet in all of the university ensembles throughout his time there.
Since leaving Southampton he has played with a wide variety of ensembles and orchestras and is on the extras list of the English Symphony Orchestra and English National Ballet, as well as performing in the West End (principally Starlight Express) and as a soloist.
Mark has enjoyed passing on the benefits of his teaching and extensive performing experience to younger musicians, coaching and teaching brass players of Southampton University and Essex Youth Orchestra. Mark's career has taken him to major venues throughout the world. In addition to the major venues in London, he has performed all over the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Europe. He has made several recordings.
In 2006, Mark was diagnosed with Bells Palsy, a facial paralysis affecting one side of his face, and was unable to play the trumpet at all for 18 months. He received invaluable help and support from two UK charities, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and The Royal Society of Musicians