“A singer with a richly expressive baritone and mature acting ability” –
Mark Oldfield (BA Hons, AGSM, RCMpost dip.) was born in Yorkshire and grew up in Suffolk. As a child he played the piano and various brass instruments, and sang in the church choir.
He graduated from Colchester Institute and developed his singing studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Studies in Suffolk and the Opera School of the Royal College of Music in London.
Mark’s versatile lyric baritone, sound musicianship and ease on stage secured him an international career in opera, oratorio and song recitals. Mark now divides his time between facilitating creative projects, teaching and performing. He is a member of the British Voice Association and the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Mark is the Heasd of Voice at Middlesex University (www.mdx.ac.uk) where he teaches BA degree music students and directs the Singers’ Ensemble. He maintains a thriving practice at his London studio, and several of his young singers have entered the profession via conservatoires in Britain or abroad. In 2014 Mark was appointed vocal coach to North London Chorus where he offers regular sessions and works closely with MD Murray Hipkin (www.northlondonchorus.org). In 2017-18 Mark taught singing to actors on the BA course at RADA (www.rada.ac.uk).
The health and educational benefits of singing are widely acknowledged, and Mark enjoys sharing his passion and finding ways to facilitate projects in the wider community.
For two consecutive years Mark has collaborated with the managing director of a company of occupational health specialists (www.allhealthmatters.co.uk) in an innovative programme promoting good breathing and wellbeing with the staff of Tullow Oil plc. Mark led a series of singing sessions for staff in their lunchtimes and after work, and these proved very popular. The process culimated in performances to their colleagues in the “break out” area of the company head office in Chiswick Park, west London. Read some of the feedback here.
Mark is proud to be Creative Director of Workshops for the award-winning charity, Streetwise Opera (www.streetwiseopera.org). Regular workshops across five regions in England help people who have experienced homelessness to gain skills and confidence. Mark initiates collaborative projects to fulfill the aims and methodology of the company for the greater wellbeing of Streetwise Opera performers.
Please visit Mark’s personal website for details of all his work in opera, concerts and recitals.