Dip HE (Royal Northern College of Music) Composition
Grade 7 ABRSM Piano.
Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone (Secondary)
Jazz, Funk, Classical, Contemporary.
Beginners to Advanced
2015 STUntmen Trio w/ Jiggs Whigham (Stan Kenton, Former BBC Big Band MD, Berlin Jazz Orhcestra), Leeds , for National Trombone Association Day. (Oct)
Covering Piano Tutor – “Riffs Music Academy” (August Onwards) One to one lessons with Students of varying Age and ability.
“An Evening with Cole Page” – Bridgewater Hall various Arrangments and Trombonist in Big Band. (4th September)
Various Function/Solo Gigs for RNCM “External Engagements” list. (May onwards)
Some Home Piano Tuition (May onwards, expanding Pupil base)
Founder – STUntmen Trio (June),
Various Solo Piano Functions/Wedding Gigs at Bars and Private Venues in North West including “The Merlin”, “The Plough Inn”, “Harvey Nichols Restaurant”, “Mr Thomas’s Chop House”, (W/ “Live Music Quotes” Agency) (March onwards)
Trombonist with “Glowrogues”. April Tour; The Jam House – Birmingham, The Thirsty Scholar – Manchester, The Canteen – Bristol, The Voodoo Rooms – Edinburgh, Bloc – Glasgow.
Park Regis Kris Kin Residency (Dubai, UAE). 5* Hotel, Resident Pianist performing 6 Nights a week with Jazz Singer’s Julia Naidenko and Maya Krasteva as Resident Jazz Duo in the Hotel’s highly rated Wine Bar. Mid August (2014) – Mid Feb (15) (6 months). Playing to a variety of guests, cocktail reception evenings, private parties.
2014 “Anisa Quartet” with Jiggs Whigham (BBC Big Band Conductor, Berlin Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director) at Band on the Wall in Manchester performing own composition “Square 1”, Also Supporting “Soul Tubes” (John Barber, Simon Minshall, John Stokes, Carol Jarvis, Robbie Harvey) (March)
MPR Jazz at the Place Hotel in Manchester (March)
Various Solo Piano Functions Gigs at Bars and Private Venues in North East including “Quabana Restaurant - Wakefield”, “Red Hot World Buffet - Leeds”, “Harvey Nichols Restaurant”, “Whitley’s Tea Room - Leeds”, (W/ “Live Music Quotes” Agency) (May - August)
Mark also played regularly in Jam Sessions in London at well known Jazz Venues for 6 weeks between January and Mid-Feb including “Hoxton Jam” and “The Forge Jam”.
2013 Musician in Residence - Saga Sapphire HV (Creation Worldwide Entertainment) March 2012 - Septemeber 2013 (March – July 2012, May + September 2013).
Trombonist in the Ship's in-house band, playing with Caberet Artists, giving regular Performances of Productions with the in-house Production Cast and regularly performing Dance Sets for the Guests. Duties also involved Health and Safety training sessions and general PR around the Ship. Travelled to the Mediterranean, Arctic Circle (Norway/Hammerfest), the Baltics (to St.Petersburg), British Isles and North Africa.
Ensemble in Residence - European Jazz Academy 2012 (May), Heek (Germany). Performed with Anisa Jazz Quartet to audiences from all across Europe as well alongside some of Europes leading and prestigious Professors and Freelance Musicians. Also gave Masterclasses and Workshops to classes of all ages (11 - 50 +) with multi-lingual participants as well as regularly engaging in other workshops and classes with the Professors when required.
Premiere of Compositions “Square 1”. “All at Once”, “The New” at Herts Jazz by Sam Healey Quartet. (March).
2012/11 Founder of “Anisa Quartet”, Resident Ensemble at the European Jazz Academy (May 2012) in Heek (Germany), have also contributed extensively to the repertoire of this group with several own composition and many arrangements of well known jazz standards also.
Resident Musician (Trombonist) HM Saga Sapphire (March – July).
Member of “Beats and Pieces Big Band” 2011, Winners of the
Burghausen European Young Artists Jazz Award 2011, also supporting Chick Corea and Gary Burton at Burghausen Jazz.
Premiere of own composition “Banks of the Nile” arr. For ensemble as part of the Manchester Camerata Project.
RNCM Ensemble Weekend Commission 3 original compositions for Big Band ensemble written and directed by Mark Francis.
Unreleased commission from Christopher Houlding (LSO Principal Trombone) for a duet with Ian Bousfield (Vienna Phil Principal Trombone) on upcoming Christopher Houlding Trombone CD
2003 Chethams School of Music “Piano Summer School”, Recital of own composition.
Tutor(Composition/Improvisation): Les Chisnall.
Recital of own Composition at Harrogate High School.
[As a Trombonist/Bass Trombonist Prior to 2009 Mark Performed with such Ensembles as National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano Festival Orhcstra, and played under Conductors such as Roladn Boer, Vasily Petrenko, Antonio Pappano, James Macmillan and Bramwell Tovee. As well as playing at The Barbican, Snape Maltings, The Sage, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.]
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