Originally from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Mark Dobell was a choral scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, where he read Classics. He later studied as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the Clifton Prize for the best final recital.
Mark has worked as a soloist throughout Europe and North America with world-renowned conductors including Harry Christophers, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington and James MacMillan. His extensive concert and oratorio repertoire includes many of the major works of Handel, Bach and Mozart, as well as pieces by composers as varied as Monteverdi, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Britten and Karl Jenkins. Recent highlights include performances of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Monteverdi’s Vespers in Birmingham Town Hall and London’s Cadogan Hall, Britten’s St Nicolas in St Albans Abbey, Schutz’s Christmas Story at St John’s Smith Square in London, Bach’s B Minor Mass in Cuenca, Pamplona and Santiago, and Handel’s Messiah at the Palace of Versailles. In 2011 Mark will perform Mozart’s Requiem at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, and Bach’s St John Passion at the Barbican and Westminster Abbey.
Equally established as a consort singer, Mark enjoys performing both at home and abroad with many leading choirs and consort groups, such as The Cardinall’s Musick, I Fagiolini and The King’s Consort. He is proud to be a member of The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and The Orlando Consort, and since September 2006 he has sung in the choir of Westminster Abbey.