Mark has been playing the Electronic organ from the age of seven. After gaining interest he joined the Technics Academy at the age of nine, where he worked his way through grades and entered local competitions, reaching area finals in 1999. Mark was later taught by Chiho Sunamato at the Yamaha School of Music. He began playing concerts at the age of fifteen, and now travels up and down the UK, and abroad, playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions. In 2002 Mark played in, and won, the ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition and has performed on many of the country's top theatre organs since.
In addition to his work on the organ circuit Mark plays in 60s and 70s band, ‘Wallstreet’, on the keyboards/providing backing vocals, works as musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies and in the orchestra for their shows, and works as vocal coach, accompanist or MD for many North East stage schools, and for musical theatre colleges in both Blackpool and Leeds. Mark also plays cocktail piano at hotels and restaurants across the North East, and for many weddings throughout the year. He often plays with jazz band 'The Fab Dakers Boys' at Newcastle United's football ground, 'St. James' Park', on match days, and also regularly features in the band for 'The Ratpack Vegas Spectacular' show at theatres around the country.
In 2012 Mark was given the job of Musical Director for The Gala Theatre's pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty', in Durham, with a total of 60 performances to play for and conduct, a role which he has performed every year since. This year will be his 6th Panto season, with a run of 73 performances of 'Robinson Crusoe'. One of the highlights of Mark's musical career so far was back in 2010, when he was lucky enough to spend a month in Eilat, Israel, playing and singing with the band 'Skidoo 23'.
A distant memory now, but back in 2007 Mark completed a Mathematics degree at Durham University, which one day he may even use!
Mark will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2018|
|January 11th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|January 13th||Cambridge Electronic Organ Society|
|January 16th||Bournemouth Electronic Organ Society|
|January 17th||Charnwood Music For All|
|January 18th||Burntwood Music For All|
|January 22nd||Brentwood Organ and Keyboard Club|
|February 1st||Scunthorpe Organ Society|
|March 13th||East Devon Organ Club|
|March 15th||Harrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club|
|April 24th||Ashford Organ Club (Middlesex)|
|May 3rd||North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 8th||Barnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society|
|May 14th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 15th||Bolton In Tune (BADEOS)|
|May 17th||Bournemouth Pavilion|
|May 21st||St Audries Bay Organ Weeks|
|May 22nd||Launceston Electronic Organ Club (more details)|
Eagle House Hotel. 3 Castle Street. Launceston. PL15 8BA.
|June 12th||Abergele and District Electronic Organ Society|
|June 13th||World of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)|
|June 18th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton|
|June 19th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|
|June 20th||Bourne Organ Club|
|June 22nd||Briston Organ Shows|
|June 26th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|June 27th||Verwood in Tune|
|August 7th||Bexley Music Club|
|August 8th||Clacton Keyboard Music Club (Formerly Clacton & District Organ Society)|
|August 21st||Musical Breaks (more details)|
Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, Evening Concert
|August 22nd||Musical Breaks (more details)|
Kensington Hotel, Llandudno, Informal Morning Concert
|September 2nd||Northallerton; Music For Northallerton|
|September 3rd||Nottingham Organ Society|
|October 9th||Penrith and District Organ Society|
|October 23rd||New Forest Organ Society|
|Concerts in 2019|
|March 27th||Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club|
|May 8th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|July 19th||Cookhill Keyboard Club|