Mark Stringer, Director of Music
My main passions in life are the performing and creative arts, education and cricket. After studying the Organ at Chester Cathedral with Roger Fisher, I continued my musical studies with Dame Gillian Weir and Ronald Frost at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Upon graduating, I became Assistant Director of Music at the Royal Parish Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London in 1985, and combined my role there with further study at the University of London Institute of Education. In 1989 I was promoted to Master of the Music and Artistic Director of Concerts at St. Martin’s, conducting and playing for high profile services and concerts. Subsequently, I was Director of Music at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.
I have performed for live and recorded broadcasts transmitted worldwide for BBC TV and Radio and other international networks, including directing the music for the BBC’s first International Songs of Praise and The Primates’ Eucharist. As a performer, lecturer, examiner and adjudicator I have worked in the USA, throughout South and South East Asia, in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Southern Africa.
I have taught at Pembridge Hall School, Notting Hill (preparatory), at Graveney School, Wandsworth, then ILEA’s largest comprehensive secondary, and lectured at the Institute of Education University of London. I was Adjunct Professor in Music of James Madison University, working at both its Virginia, USA and UK campuses from 1989 to 1998. From 1997 to 2012 I held posts including that of Executive Director, Trinity College London, an international examinations board working in sixty countries around the world in the fields of the performing and creative arts and the English Language. More recently I have worked on various educational initiatives in the UK and with Arts Council England as well as my interests in the charity sector, serving as President of The Friends of The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London’s largest charity working with the homeless.
I took up my appointment as Director of Music, Wells Cathedral School, in April 2015. My wife Andrea is also a musician, and we have two children, Catherine and Tom.