mark chambers

Since leaving the Royal Northern College of Music in 1992 Mark has performed all over the world with many leading groups and conductors. 

Solo work has included Bach St Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (performances and recording for Deutsche Gramophon) with Paul McCreesh and a recording with Nederlandse Bachverenging of Beloved and Beautiful conducted by Jos van Veldhoven. He has been invited to sing the St Matthew Passion for the last 8 years with Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, directed by Johannes Leertouwer. 

Operatic work has included many roles in Handel operas; Xerxes (Arsamenes), Agrippina (Narciso), Amadigi (Dardano), Tamerlano (Andronico), Il Pastor fido (Silvio) and Monteverdi Orfeo (Speranza) in a Jonathan Miller production. He sang the soprano role of Pilpatoe in Carl Heinrich Graun’s Montezuma for Musikfestspiele Potsdam in the Sclosstheater in Sansoucci Palace. Mark has also worked at the Royal Opera House as understudy for the role of Snake Priestess in Harrison Birtwistle’s world premiere The Minotaur and as understudy of Fate in Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune. 

Mark works regularly with many of the world’s leading choirs and ensembles including Tenebrae, Gallicantus, The Monteverdi Choir, The Gabrieli Consort, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and Gramophone award winning Binchois Consort. Mark has made many recordings, including a solo recital of songs by Edmund Rubbra and R. Vaughan Williams with David Mason (piano), a series of discs with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble with music from Italy (Accendo) Germany (A Hanseatic Festival) and England (Flower of Cities All). Mark took part in the live recording of J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore from Symphony Hall, Birmingham. 

In the commercial world Mark has created the Voice of the Ood for the Dr Who series for BBC television with music by Murray Gold and has been featured as a soloist in the

electro acoustic score for Genus ; a commission by Paris Opera Ballet by Joby Talbot (also soon to be featured in a film about the project). Other film work includes The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Elizabeth The Golden Age . 

Mark currently lives between Buncrana, Co. Donegal and London and combines his singing career with a post as part time lecturer in Voice at the University of Birmingham, as a lay clerk at Westminster Cathedral and as musical director of the young ensemble Sestina with whom he will direct their debut CD in April. www.sestinamusic.com