Mark Aldous Biography

Born and raised in Cornwall, music has been a central part of Mark's life since his first piano lesson at the age of 7. At the age of 15, Mark was fortunate to have lessons from esteemed percussion teachers, Paul Hiley and James Wycherley. 

In 1994, Mark moved to Cambridge to study music at Anglia Ruskin University. Percussion study continued under Martin Westlake and Bobby Ball.

Since graduating, Mark has been in constant demand as percussionist, teacher, composer and musical director. Mark has worked on over 55 large scale theatre productions as conductor/musical director including the national touring show "Over The Rainbow".

Today, Mark is the head of ensembles at Cambridgeshire Music, the county music service for Cambridgeshire, and works as a specialist percussion examiner for Trinity College London as well as contributor to the current Tuned Percussion syllabus. 

As Head of Percussion at Cambridgeshire Music, Mark pioneered the Striking Together strand of mass percussion events which culminated in a World Record Breaking performance in 2012. More on these events can be found on the Education Projects page.  

In 2017, Mark gained a Master's Degree in Professional Media Composition from Thinkspace Education in partnership with the University of Chichester. 

Mark's diverse musical interests are reflected in his compositions which echo Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Schwartz, Malcolm Arnold, Stravinsky and Chick Corea.

Mark's work has evolved the percussion ensemble beyond what can be regarded as a gimmick in a concert schedule.