Our Music Director
MARK HINDLEY began his musical life as a Chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. It
was here that he began to play the organ, progressing to Malvern College before
being awarded an Organ Scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied with David Sanger.
Although he initially qualified as a doctor, his passion for music enticed him away from pursuing medicine as a career. He has wide-ranging musical interests,
but much of his time is spent conducting and directing. His background has led naturally to many years of close involvement in church music, holding positions at St Matthew's Church Northampton, St Paul's Cathedral in Dundee and Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge. However, his return to Scotland in 2003 to take up the position of Chorusmaster with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) signalled a change to working mainly in secular contexts. Training, preparing and directing the SCO Chorus, he established a close working relationship with many leading conductors, perhaps most notably the late Sir Charles Mackerras. He has also been Chorusmaster of Leeds Philharmonic Society, working closely with its Musical Director, David Hill. He led Leeds Philharmonic Chorus on successful tours to Poland and Germany including two performances of Elgar's Music Makers with 200 local singers under Jac van Steen to close the Dortmund 2010/11 season.
Mark was appointed Chorus Master for the Radió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) Philharmonic Choir for three years commencing with the 2012/3 season. This followed on from him working with the choir and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for 3 concerts in the 2011/2 season including an acclaimed performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin with Matthew Halls. His first full season with RTÉ Philharmonic Choir comes to a close shortly in party mood with sellout performances with The Chieftains.
In addition to his work with symphonic choruses, since 2009, Mark has has been Musical Director of the Cumbrian chamber choir, the Wordsworth Singers, with whom he has rapidly established a reputation for adventurous programming and exciting, vibrant performances. He has also just been appointed Musical Director of the Scottish Chamber Choir commencing at the beginning of the 2013/4 season.
He is in demand to work with choirs and train voices all over the UK and has worked with, amongst others, Huddersfield Choral Society, Northern Sinfonia Chorus, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, St Andrews Chorus and Angus Choral Society.
Recently, he has been at the forefront of community singing events at the new Horsecross Concert Hall in Perth and has recently led workshops for all age groups in Falkirk, Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow and Stirling. He has also worked extensively in higher education, notably at the Universities of St Andrews and
He combines his choral work with a busy schedule as a freelance organist and harpsichordist. He has been invited to perform in many of the major venues across the UK. He has also appeared in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Poland and the USA.