Mark Andrew James - conductor

Mark Andrew James was born in Limassol , Cyprus. He studied conducting and the oboe at Trinity College, London, where he was awarded many prizes enabling him to study further with Franco Ferrara in Siena. Whilst at college, Mark conducted performances of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Albert Herring’ at the Collegiate Theatre, London in association with the London Opera Centre.

Mark also participated in numerous master classes with eminent conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta and Sir Charles Mackerras where he was given the opportunity of conducting the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Juilliard orchestras.

Mark has conducted extensively in Russia, where he conducted the Yaroslavl Govenor Symphony Orchestra, The Krasnoyarsk Symphony ,Voronez Symphony and the Samara Symphony at concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow, performing programmes of Russian and English music, including Rachmaninov’s Symphonies 2 & 3 and Holst’s, The Planets.

Mark has worked with many orchestras and choirs all over Britain, including The Brighton Festival Chorus, Huddersfield Choral Society, Hertfordshire Chorus, the Worthing Philharmonic Choir and the Sussex Chorus in programmes that have included, The Dream of Gerontius, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Carmina Burana, the Mozart Requiem and JS Bach’s B. minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion

In 1993 Mark founded the Sussex Symphony Orchestra which is based in Brighton and performs all over the South of England. The orchestra, having both amateur and professional musicians, performs a wide and diverse range of repertoire which has included such works as The Rite of Spring, Daphnis et Chloe, Shostakovitch’s 5th Symphony, Mahler Symphonies No’s 2 & 5, Gliere’s Harp Concerto and the celebrated Percussion Concerto,Veni Veni Emmanuel by James MacMillan.

As well as the standard concerto repertoire, most recently including the Emperor Piano Concerto with Philip Fowke and the Dvorak ‘Cello Concerto with Guy Johnston, the orchestra also regularly includes premiere performances of commissioned works by both established and emerging composers, including David Fanshawe, Paul Lewis, Peter Copley and Paul Carr, whose music he has recorded with the orchestra on the ‘Claudio Records’ label.

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