Mark was born in Enfield and grew up in South East Hertfordshire on his parent’s farm. He was persuaded to learn the Double Bass by his Music Master when he was 15 years old because a Bass Player was needed for the school orchestra. He went on to study with John Walton at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst studying there he played in fellow-student Simon Rattle’s first ever Mahler 2 in an all-student performance. Before joining the CBSO in December 1978 he freelanced in London and also worked part-time at Manders Organ Builders.
As No. 6 Double Bass Mark’s highlights with the CBSO include Mahler 2 performances with Simon Rattle and the orchestra’s tours to the Far East and the Americas. There have been many memorable occasions in recent years under the baton of Andris Nelsons including concert performances of Wagner operas and trips to the Lucerne and other major festivals playing large-scale works like the “Alpine” and “Leningrad” symphonies. A particularly memorable occasion was the performance of Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts when the CBSO and Chorus joined forces with the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra in Symphony Hall under the baton of Valery Gergiev in October 2009.
Outside the orchestra Mark describes his interests as “Organ tuning and maintenance”, and likes to spend time looking after his almond trees in Southern Spain as well as his smooth-haired Fox Terrier Lucy.
Supported by Julie Bowker in memory of Ronnie