Mark Sproson studied composition at Bristol University and music technology at City University. In recent years he has studied conducting with Stephen Jackson, Gregory Rose, David Lawrence, and most recently with Denise Ham at the Blackheath Conservatoire.
He has been musical director of a number of choirs in London and the south east, including Genesis Chorale in Surrey and Enfield Choral Society, with whom he recently performed Mozart's Coronation Mass and Karl Jenkins' Armed Man. As a singer he has performed for many years in this country and abroad with the BBC and several London choirs.
In 1999 he founded HELIOS, one of the most accomplished and eclectic chamber choirs in London. The group celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2009 with a special series of performances. Mark is also an experienced and accomplished arranger for forces ranging from choirs to big bands.
Read more about our director on his website.
Peter Fender, a successful freelance violinist for the last twenty years, is now translating his musical talents into the field of conducting. Peter studied conducting with Gerhard Schmidt of the Guildhall School of Music whilst pursuing a music degree at City University, from where he graduated in 1983. He is currently studying with Peter Stark, former Senior Fellow of Conducting at Trinity College of Music. He has also participated in a number of conducting workshops with both Peter and Michael Rose OBE (at the Olney Conducting Courses).