We have just appointed Mark McBride as our new Musical Director.
Mark McBride, BA Hons, ARCM Hons, PGCE
Brought up in SW19 London, Mark won a scholarship to the Royal College of
Music Junior department when he was 11, learning piano for the next nine
years. He also played in various youth orchestras on the viola. He went on
to Hull University where he met his wife Michelle as well as doing a music
degree. He and Michelle worked in London for two and a half years before
moving to Northamptonshire where they both taught music.
Mark taught mainly in secondary schools but also spent three years in a
primary school. His last position before he retired was at King John
Middle School in Thrapston. Throughout this time he planned programmes,
conducted and arranged music for choirs and instrumental groups;
performances ranging from Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s
Messiah and Monteverdi’s Vespers (in co-operation with Oundle School and
Clare College Cambridge), to the Songs of Cole Porter, Fiddler on the Roof
and Les Misérables. He and Michelle also set up and conducted for a number
of years an adult choir, The Doddington Singers.
Mark enjoys art, musicals, opera and dance and his other interests are
bird watching, walking, cooking and gardening. He also swims and runs
Now retired, Mark teaches piano and would like some more pupils!