Mark received his early formal musical education at The King’s School, Gloucester and as a chorister in Gloucester Cathedral where he studied and sang under Dr Herbert Sumsion. Later on he studied at The Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Henry Cummings, Rex Stephens, Tom Hammond and Norman Feasey and later on with Rupert Bruce Lockhart. He was awarded the Westmorland Scholarship, the Academy Recital Diploma and the Frederick Shinn Fellowship. His career began as a Choral Exhibitioner at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he sang for three years which was followed by a similar period with the BBC Singers with which group he travelled and performed world-wide.
2013 marked Mark’s fortieth and final season on the concert platform as a recitalist and soloist in Oratorio. His last concert being in Huddersfield Town Hall with the Huddersfield Choral Society, in Handel’s Israel in Egypt, forty years after his debut in that hall. Having travelled and performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles and the USA, performing with many of Britain’s foremost orchestras and with several leading conductors of the day, among them Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Anthony Lewis, Meredith Davies, Donald Hunt, Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Gielen, Jane Glover, James Lockhart, Christopher Robinson and Sir David Willcocks, he now devotes himself entirely to teaching and working with young singers at the Royal Academy of Music and for ABRSM for which he is an examiner, trainer and moderator.
From 1982 he combined a busy performing career with that of a professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music where he was appointed to the Vocal Faculty in 1982 and subsequently as Head of Vocal Studies in 1991. He has taught prize winners in the most prominent British singing awards: Cardiff Singer of the World, the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Awards, Royal Overseas League, National Mozart Competition, Kathleen Ferrier Bursary and others. Many of his current and former students are now singing principal roles with national and international opera companies including La Scala Milan, the Bolshoi, Moscow, St Petersburg, the Metroplolitan Opera, New York, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is a much travelled adjudicator and has served as a jury member at a number of international singing competitions. He has visited Holland, Germany, USA, Iceland, and France to give Masterclasses. He is a visiting Professor at the Reykjavik Songskolinn, Iceland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1994 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1995, and a Professor in the University of London in 2013. He is currently Henry Cummings Distinguished Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His students' at the Royal Academy recent successes include prizes in many major competitions. Many current and former students of Mark sing as principals in major opera companies internationally.