After messing around and annoying everyone on his brother’s drumkit , Mark got into playing more seriously whilst at university. During a four year degree course in South Asian Languages at the Unversity of London Mark took lessons on snare drum from Nigel Shipway and then studied for a couple of years with Kenny Clare, one of the finest jazz drummers of his generation.
After college Mark began to get gigs around London with other developing players; at this time, Trinity College of Music had a big band but no in house drummer and so Mark spent 18 months playing with this fine college band, leading to the offer of a place on the degree course at Trinity.
Mark’s work over the last decade includes a concert schedule with Sir Willard White, one of the great opera basses whose band featured Guy Barker; Sally Burgess, mezzo soprano whose great voice can be heard at ENO, the Metropolitan Opera House, New York and Bayreuth.Other ongoing projects include a quartet with the great Chris Biscoe, 'Ting' with Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas and gigs with the excellent Big Colors Big Band which performs regularly in Oxford and beyond; in addition, Mark plays all sorts of one-off jazz gigs and other freelance work in the South East.
Beyond playing, Mark works as a researcher/lecturer in the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford.