Biography of Wardell Mark:
Mark Wardell was born in 1968 and studied the organ with Clifford Hartley. In 1987 he was elected organ Scholar at Royal Holloway College, London. During the three years he spent reading Music, he travelled Europe as a recitalist accompanist and soloist with the college choir and recorded a set of improvisations for German Television. In 1990 he moved to St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle as Organ Scholar working under Christopher Robinson, where he was involved in many royal and state occasions. During this time he held a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Nicholas Danby, taking master-classes with David Sanger and Ton Koopman. From 1992 until 1997, Mark was Organist and Assistant Music Master at Christ's Hospital, Horsham where he featured on a number of commercial recordings of Choral and organ Music which were released through IMP Classics. Since September 1997, Mark has been Assistant Organist at Chichester Cathedral and Director of Music at the Prebendal School, the cathedral's choir school, where he has been involved in numerous BBC Broadcasts, the Chichester Festivities and the Southern Cathedrals' Festival, in addition to his primary role of accompanying the cathedral choir in the daily liturgy of the cathedral. Away from Sussex, Mark has toured with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to France and Spain, and to Brazil as a guest of the British Council. He has also performed as a continuo player with the European Chamber Orchestra. Mark is a tutor on the RSCM Organists' Training Scheme and he pursues an active recital schedule with recent venues including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.