Mark O’Brien

Principal Bass Clarinet

Born in Poole, Dorset, Mark became interested in music at a very young age and went on to study the alto saxophone aged 16, before taking up the clarinet. Mark studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Keith Pearson, Richard Addison, Michael Whight and Acker Bilk. He left in his third year of RAM to join Simon Rattle’s CBSO as Principal Bass Clarinet.

Mark is a founder member of the “Little Big Time Band”, and also performs with other groups including the BCMG, El Ultimo Tango and the Berkley Salon Ensemble.