Born: December 1960
Mark has been a member of adult choirs for over 40 years but only started composing in 2003. In 2007 his Agnus Dei (qv) was performed by the Canberra choir Cantorion, in 2008 his setting of the Ben Jonson poem Hymn to Diana (qv) was performed by Harmonic Means, and in 2009 his setting of Never Weather-beaten Sail (qv) was performed by the ANU Choral Society. His setting of the Shakespeare ode Fear no more the heat o' the sun (qv) was performed by Capital Voices, and his Hosanna setting by Harmonic Means, both in late 2010, and his Sonnet and Ave Maria were both performed in October 2010 by the RMIT Occasional Choral Society as part of their choral composition competition, and the Ave Maria again in Hungary in October 2011 at the "Singing Hungary" regional choral festival. "I shall not pass this way again" and "Prayer of St Francis" were performed by Harmonic Means in mid 2012 and the set of three motets by Capital Voices at the end of 2012. "O Sacrum Convivium" was performed twice by Igitur Nos in 2012 and once by the ANU Choral Society in 2013. Harmonic Means performed both "Requiem" and "Welcome Yule" in 2013, and Capital Voices performed "Ave Maris Stella" also in 2013.
Mark started formal composition lessons with Andrew Koll in 2013, and Andrew conducted "Domine, quid est homo?" and "Out of the Deep" in separate concerts with the ANU Choral Society in 2014.
Mark's setting of Eva Schroeder's poem "Lamentation" and his motet "O Nata Lux" both received their first performances in June 2016, by I Progetti and Harmonic Means respectively, and "Domine, quid est homo?" received its second performance in a concert given by the 67th Intervarsity Choral Festival, conducted by Leonard Weiss, in July 2016. "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" was written for I Progetti and performed by them in the foyer of the High Court of Australia in May 2017.
"With rue my heart is laden" was performed by the Gundaroo Community Singers under the direction of Maartje Sevenster for the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Gundaroo in 2019.
"The Flea" was written for I Progetti, and performed by them in the Australian National Portrait Gallery in December 2020, as part of a concert of madrigals and related partsongs, titled "Miracles From Times of Plague".
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