Looking forward to our first concert under the new title NYGE UK on Saturday 26th March. I'll be directing the Birmingham ensemble in this exciting concert along with the London ensemble. More details here.
Very excited to announce that the Vida Guitar Quartet will launch their new CD in London on Wednesday 28th October at Kings Place. The new album features a sumptuous list of English music by Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Benjamin Britten, Peter Warlock, Stephen Dodgson and Timothy Bowers. Buy tickets
Mark is delighted to once again be resident at this years World Youth Guitar Festival. He will be directing the Guitar Circus-Birmingham for their recital on Tuesday 4th August and coaching other ensembles throughout the week. There are still places available so please go to www.wygf.org for more information.
Mark will be giving an all day workshop on Saturday 23rd May, finishing with a short recital as part of the Reigate & Redhill Music Festival. The workshop will focus on areas that were highlighted over last weekend when Mark was adjudicating at the Festival. Areas like dynamics, right hand technique, stage presence will all be covered in an informal and fun way. Continue reading
Vida Guitar Quartet with the release of their new CD 'Rhapsody' on the BGS label. The launch will take place at the Purcell Room-South Bank Centre, London on Monday 22nd April at 7.45pm. The new CD includes an exciting new arrangement of George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', Mark's own arrangement of Malcolm Arnold's 'English Dances', Adam Gorb's 'Yiddish Dances' and David Crittenden's 'A Scottish Fantasy'. Should be a night to remember so join them if you can. Click here to view a tantalising clip on youtube, of them performing in a recent concert on their US tour.This is a very exciting year for Mark and the
Newark College. It was graduation day and my role was to play as many of their finished instruments as possible, give them feedback from a performers point of view and then select what I considered the best instruments to perform on in the evening. Continue readingLast week I visited the guitar making school at