Mark in rehearsal

Voce Chamber Choir


October 2018. Mark has been awarded the 2018 Lady Groves Prize by Making Music for his outstanding contribution to music in the community

Forthcoming performances 2018

Sunday 16 December, 19.00. Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London.

Welcome, Yule!', Voce Chamber Choir and brass, conducted by Suzi Digby

Recent performances 2018

Fri 12 and Sat 13 October, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

1918: Home at Last. Community opera commissioned to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. 300 performers including the Gurt Lush choir, the Big Friendly Choir and children from two Bristol primary schools. With Martin le Poidevin (baritone), Esther Mallett (soprano), Laurel Steel (soprano), Peter Wagstaff (tenor), Michael Alsop (solo treble), brass, organ and percussion. Directed by Rhian Hutchings

28 February and 21 May 2018, St George's Bristol

The Hall on the Hill 'Standing strong in the winds of change'. Community opera celebrating the life and times of St George's Bristol, commissioned for the opening of its new extension.

by Claire Williamson. Directed by Rhian Hutchings, designed by Sam Pine

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Tony Kushner, playwright, The Illusion at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Mark Lawrence Composer

photography by Graham Burke and Paul Blakemore

Diverse sources .. dovetailed beautifully to create a structure that is clear but unforced

Edward Wickham, conductor and critic, Song for Celia, for choir and organ.

Home by Christmas showed that music can indeed speak for the whole community to say something significant about life, love, hope, separation, danger, death and even politics

Raymond Warren, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Bristol

I don't think I've been quite so moved by an event in years. I absolutely loved Home by Christmas it was so powerful on so many levels . .

Catherine Freda, Head of Education, St George's Bristol