Services

The usual pattern of services is:

Sunday 

10.30am Choral Parish Eucharist 

Monday to Thursday 

9am Morning Prayer 

Tuesday

12noon Eucharist 

Thursday

7pm   Eucharist 

In order to visit us

St Mark's Hamilton Terrace

St Mark's Church
Hamilton Terrace
London
NW8 9UT

 

Tel: 020 7624 4065 to enquire about bookings (part-time)

 

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.

E-mail the parish office on: stmarksnw8@hotmail.co.uk

Or use our contact form.

Music Department

Director of Music - Tansy Castledine

Tansy began her musical studies as the Parry Wood Organ Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford where she released O Crux, an award-winning disc of Spanish choral and organ music with Coro Cervantes on Guild, and co-produced several discs for the Priory label. Following this she gained her MMus with Distinction in Choral Direction and Church Music from the Royal Academy of Music, winning all the major prizes for Choral Direction. In September 2003 she was appointed to Finchley Children’s Music Group with whom she appeared at the Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall directing the Intermediate Choir, and became Director of Music at Belmont, Mill Hill Prep School. Between September 2001 and November 2011 Tansy was Director of Music and Organist at St Paul’s Church, Mill Hill and between 2004-2008 served as Visiting Lecturer and Director of the Chamber Choir at London City University, with whom she commissioned and performed several world premieres.


Tansy became the Director of Music at St George’s College, Weybridge, in September 2007 and under her leadership the department underwent significant expansion undertaking a full programme of musical education including outreach, commercial and recording work, substantial fund-raising for charity mission work undertaken by the school’s Josephite order in the DR Congo, and an extensive touring programme including Amsterdam, Barcelona, California, Ghent, New York, Paris, and Rome. Under Tansy’s direction the Chamber Choir achieved unprecedented national success winning both the BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year Competition and the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition in 2012 and becoming finalists with the BBC Competition in 2016. Choral engagements included concerts at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, performing on BBC television and radio 3 & 4, and directing 4 CD recordings. Major works included Bach St John Passion, Handel Messiah, and Mozart Requiem with the Brandenburg Soloists, and Monteverdi Vespers with the English Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble. She is currently Deputy Head at Wisbech Grammar School.


Since 2012 Tansy has been Organist and Director of Music at St Mark's, Hamilton Terrace, NW8, where she is responsible for all aspects of the music programme. This has developed substantially to include a Senior (adult) and Junior Choir, choral scholars, an overhaul of the 3-manual Walker organ, 3 professional music staff, and liturgical and secular music provision both within and beyond the parish.  Additionally she works for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) as a Course Director and singing Examiner, and has worked on programmes broadcast on ITV and Channel 4, and BBC Radio 2, 3, and World service. Tansy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) and in February 2013 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for distinguished service to the choral music and education professions. In November 2013 she was appointed Subject Specialist Inspector for Music by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI), was elected President (2015-2016) of the MMA, the UK's largest and longest established association of music teaching professionals, and in 2017 gained the NPQSL qualification in Senior Leadership. Amongst other projects during 2018, Tansy is working with Leicester Philharmonic Choir leading the newly created “Want to sing again” programme and she also takes over as Musical Director of Ramsey Choral Society.


In her spare time Tansy enjoys reading crime novels, swimming, and sightseeing, and is discovering an ability to draw.

Assistant Organist - Ben Hulme

Educated at Chetham’s School of Music, and now as an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, Ben Hulme studies the French Horn and Organ and is the recipient of the Sir Elton John Scholarship.  

 

With a keen interest in orchestral music, Ben has worked with distinguished conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder, Ed Gardner and Daniel Harding, and as a chamber musician, performances have included concerts at Colston Hall, in the Lichfield Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Wigmore Hall. Ben is a founding member of London Metropolitan Brass 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 with LMB in May 2017, Ben is now a Yeoman of the Company and enjoys leading workshops in schools across London as part of their well-established Outreach Programme. 

 

Ben gained his LRSM with Distinction in 2012 at the age of 15 and in 2016 was awarded his ARCO. He has studied the Organ with Chris Stokes, Andrew Dean and Gerard Brooks, and the Horn with Richard Watkins, Michael Thompson, Martin Owen and Katy Wooley. Having spent two years as Organ Scholar at St Mary-the-Virgin, Primrose Hill, Ben joined the Music team at St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace as Assistant Organist in September 2017.

 

We are delighted to say that Ben has been appointed the new Director of Music for St Mark's, and will take his post in September, following Tansy's move to Peterborough Cathedral. 

Director of Junior Choir - James Rhodes

James is a BMus (Hons) Graduate of the University of Sheffield where he was awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship for the highest performance in academic musical studies, specialising in musical theatre, music education, historical musicology and analytical approaches to music. During his undergraduate studies, James collaborated with Professor Nicola Dibben as an undergraduate research assistant investigating experiential music app albums for mobile devices, as well as directing the University Flute Ensemble, Performing Arts Society and working in arts administration for the annual summer music festival in the city. Following his undergraduate studies, James completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Music Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London. 
 
James is currently Director of Music at St Christina's Prep School in St John's Wood, is a Choral Scholar and Director of the Junior Choir at St Mark’s Church Hamilton Terrace, and works as a freelance musician, tenor and conductor across London. He has also taken the role of Concert Manager with echo, a recently established professional vocal ensemble. His current research interests include choral music direction and pedagogy for children and young people, interpretation in contemporary popular music and developing audiences for classical and contemporary choral music. In his spare time, James enjoys reading, Zumba and songwriting.

 

 

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