The usual pattern of services is:
10.30am Choral Parish Eucharist
6.30pm St Mark's Horizon Voices Community Choir (Term time)
10:00-11:30 Little Lions
12:30pm Coffee Hour
St Mark's Hamilton Terrace
St Mark's Church
114 Hamilton Terrace
Please call the Administrator on: 020 7624 4065 to enquire about bookings.
To discuss weddings, Christenings or to speak to a priest for any other reason Tel: 020 7328 4373 (vicar) Please note: the vicar is unable to help with hall bookings.
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St Mark’s has a strong musical heritage, with connections to the Victorian opera and oratorio star Charles Santley and also Arthur Sullivan. The hymn tune Day of Rest sung to the words O Jesus I have Promised was composed by J.W. Elliott, a former organist of St Mark’s. The renowned choral musician John Williams, who became the first Master of Music at the Tower of London, was organist here in the 1950s; and Margaret Cobb, the first woman to play the organ at a Promenade Concert in the Royal Albert Hall, was also organist here.
Music is very much a part of the fabric of St Mark’s today and since 2010 there have been significant developments as a result of the governance of Revd Aidan Platten, (Vicar until 2017) and the PCC. Church life is supported by a varied music programme under the inital leadership of Tansy Castledine (Director of Music 2012 - 2018), and now continued by Ben Hulme (Assistant Organist - 2017 to 2018, Director of Music 2018 to present) and James Rhodes (Director of Junior Choir, 2016 to present).
The adult voluntary choir leads a full weekly choral service, has featured several times on episodes of BBC Songs of Praise, and has recorded two CDs - Soon to be born in 2014 and Choral Classics from St Marks in 2018. The choir has also taken part in a wide range of concert work including Mozart Requiem with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Monteverdi Vespers with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, in addition to leading worship as the visiting choir at Bristol, Manchester and Norwich Cathedrals as well as Westminster Abbey.
Our Junior Choir welcomes members from the age of 7, rehearsing weekly during term time after the Eucharist and joining with the adult choir for services twice a month and at major church festivals. In addition they also give an annual recital and participate in the ABRSM and RSCM award schemes.
St Mark’s music programme also offers two Choral Scholarships annually, to support singers developing their skills in the early stages of their professional musical careers. These positions are currently filled.
The Walker Organ
With the help and support of Bishop and Son organ builders, the magnificent 3-manual Walker organ within the church has come back to life and plans are in place to significantly re-develop the organ over the coming years, so that it can continue to be used reliably within worship, for concerts, and as a pedagogical tool and resource within the Diocese.
Concerts and Events
The church also hosts visiting artists such as the renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti, and is a regular concert venue for the London Russian Music School as well as other local ensembles and choirs.
Who's who in the Music Department?
Director of Music - Ben Hulme
Ben Hulme is a freelance French horn player and organist, originally from Manchester and now based in West London. He studied at Chetham's School of Music, and latterly as an undergraduate Sir Elton John Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with a first class Honours degree. He joined the team at St Mark's as Assistant Organist in 2017 before taking up his current role in October 2018.
With a keen interest in orchestral and chamber music, Ben has worked with many of the UK's orchestras and has performed at most of the country's concert halls. He is a founding member of London Metropolitan Brass Quintet, with whom he enjoys playing at a growing number of recitals and engagements. Through winning first prize in the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Brass Prize, he is now a Yeoman Young Artist of the Company and enjoys leading workshops in schools across London as part of their well-established Yeoman Outreach Programme. Most recently, the quintet won third prize in the inaugural Philip Jones Brass Quintet Competition in July 2019. It remains a pleasure to be able to balance his horn playing career with his role as Director of Music at St Mark's.
In between his musical and educational commitments, Ben is a Deputy Team Leader for the London Ambulance Service Voluntary Responder Group, where he responds to 999 calls across the capital as an Emergency Responder. He also enjoys playing football, following Manchester United, and recently began road cycling.
Ben is contactable at email@example.com
Assistant Director of Music - Nicholas Tall
Nicholas Tall is in his second year as an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. At the Academy, he studies organ with Bine Bryndorf and conducting with Patrick Russill. Prior to being appointed as Assistant Director of Music at St Mark's in September 2019, Nicholas was Organ Scholar at St Mary's, Bourne Street.
Before beginning his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Nicholas was a student at Wells Cathedral School and, from 2016 to 2018, was Junior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral. In 2017, he took up the position of Organist and Choirmaster of the United Parish of East Harptree in Somerset, where he worked with the choir to develop music in the liturgy. Additionally, he began a successful concert series that culminated in July 2018 with the inaugural Harptree Music Festival. Until July 2019, Nicholas was Artistic Director of the festival and now holds the position of President and Founder.
Nicholas has performed widely in the UK and abroad, including at Wells Cathedral; St John's, King's and Trinity Colleges in Cambridge; at New and Merton Colleges and Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford; St Clement Danes in London; Stefanskerk, Hardenberg, in the Netherlands; and Germany's Neresheim Abbey.
Nicholas is the recipient of the Royal Academy of Music's Gwen & Eric Windo Organ Award and the Eric Thiman Organ Prize.
For further information on any aspect of Music at St Mark’s, or to donate towards its on-going development, please contact Ben Hulme at firstname.lastname@example.org.