Alongside Millfield’s Director of Music, Matthew Cook, our head judge for the final of Millfield Musician of the Year 2018 is Mark Stringer.
Mark Stringer is Director of Music at Wells Cathedral School after taking the post in April 2015. His main passions in life are the performing and creative arts, education and cricket.
After studying the Organ at Chester Cathedral with Roger Fisher, Mark continued his musical studies with Dame Gillian Weir and Ronald Frost at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Upon graduating, Mark became Assistant Director of Music at the Royal Parish Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London in 1985, and combined his role there with further study at the University of London Institute of Education. In 1989 Mark 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, he was Director of Music at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.
Mark has 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 Mark has worked in the USA, throughout South and South East Asia, in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Southern Africa.
Mark has 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. Mark 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 he 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 Mark has worked on various educational initiatives in the UK and with Arts Council England as well as his 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.