Mark is an acoustic and electric violinist with the best part of 15 years performing experience, and a graduate of the University of Chichester obtaining a 2:1 degree, including a 1st in his violin performance dissertation and final conducting exam. He is a professional performer and teacher playing for a variety of occasions and events and can use his experience to play a variety of styles of music to suit the occasion from classical to contemporary. In his youth orchestra days, Mark performed as a section leader with the award winning Wessex Youth Orchestra in venues such as the Poole Lighthouse Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Royal Albert Hall.
Whilst studying at The University of Chichester, Mark played with nearly all of the orchestras: The Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra, The String Orchestra and The Pops Orchestra, in a number of capacities, 1st violin, 2nd violin, co-leader and leader. Mark has conducted some light classics with the University Pops Orchestra as well as the overture to "The Marriage of Figaro" and Karl Jenkins' "Palladio" for string orchestra with the Chamber Orchestra during their tour to Bucharest, Romania in June 2018. He also conducted a musical theatre production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie in May 2018.
As a soloist, Mark has performed, in notable venues, such as; The Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and the O2 Academy Bournemouth. Mark's regular performing work, includes performing in local care homes and for high profile events and weddings solo, as well as part of a violin duo and The Intermezzo Quartet.
Mark also plays the piano and has supported the Rising Voices Wessex Community Choir from when it was founded in January 2013, and now holds a role of 'Associate Musician' where he primarily accompanies but also assists with set up and operation of the choirs' PA system, and occasionally conducts the choir for rehearsals and events. Mark took part in a big choir event, singing in London and Weymouth during the Olympic Celebrations in 2012, and has sung in a backing choir for Russel Watson and Blake at the Poole Lighthouse, home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.