The usual pattern of services is:
10.30am Choral Parish Eucharist
We are currently worshipping in person in church as well as streaming the service over Facebook. There is no singing at present due to virus risks.
Please note: the following events and services are currently suspended due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Please check back for updates.
6.30pm St Mark's Horizon Voices Community Choir (Term time)
8pm Pints of View at the Elgin Pub, Maida Vale
10:00-11:30 Little Lions
12:30pm Coffee Hour
7pm BCP Eucharist
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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Introducing our Interim Director of Music - Daniel Collins
A brief word of introduction from me. I’m delighted that St. Mark’s have offered me the job of interim Director of Music from September through to December this year. The church has always cultivated a fantastic musical environment, and I’m very excited to be a part of it. This coming Sunday is going to be the first time the choir will be live in the building since lockdown. We will be singing from the gallery, and performing a slightly abridged version of the music we normally sing (the Gloria will be sung to the Thorne setting) to allow for a shorter rehearsal. For our first service I have chosen music the choir knows well, to allow them to focus on settling into their new environment. I do hope you will be able to attend the service, either live or on the usual livestream. I have written about the music we will be singing below.
A short biography: I am a professional singer and conductor, working mainly in the choral music world. I was a chorister at Christ Church, Oxford, gained a music scholarship to Charterhouse School in Surrey, before being awarded a choral and academic scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford. After obtaining a first-class honours degree in Music, I studied vocal performance at The Royal College of Music.
Since 2006 I have been singing with many of the world’s top choral and instrumental ensembles, including Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Sixteen, with whom I have been singing regularly since 2008. I am one of their regular members, and their go-to alto soloist, and have been fortunate enough to perform with them in some of the finest venues in the world. Recently I have performed as a soloist in the Sistine Chapel, the Wigmore Hall, and the Wien Konzerthaus. Alongside my work with The Sixteen, I have been a member of the choir at the church of All Saints, Margaret Street for nearly 15 years.
My conducting career has started to take off within the last three years, and it is where I see my future. I founded my own concert series in North London (I’m attempting to find the funds to move it to the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, as I write), conduct three amateur chamber choirs in Naples, London, and the Midlands (two of whose inaugural concerts were postponed because of Covid), and have directed church choirs, both professional and amateur, across London. I also run the Mayfair Community Choir, based at Grosvenor Chapel.
I am very much looking forward to getting to know you and work with you over the next few months. Do come and say hello when you see me!
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 four Choral Scholarships annually, to support singers developing their skills in the early stages of their professional musical careers. These positions can be sponsored by anyone with an interest in supporting young people or church music. Please contact the vicar for more detials.
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 - Currently Vacant
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 email@example.com.