Petersfield Choral Society      




While still a chorister at Ewell Parish Church in Surrey, Mark Dancer began his organ studies with Michael Fleming at Addington Palace, then home of the Royal School of Church Music, passing ARCO and LRAM in Organ Performance while still at school. He read music at Durham University and was Organ Scholar of the College of St Hild and St Bede, continuing his organ studies with Alan Thurlow and David Hill, gaining FRCO in 1984. He studied singing with Hervey Alan.

In 1986 he moved to Birmingham becoming a Layclerk at Birmingham Cathedral and Organist of Carrs Lane United Reformed Church in the city centre. During his time in the Birmingham, Mark directed the annual festival of the Midlands branch of the Free Church Choir Union, and later the National Festival.

Moving to the south coast in 1995, Mark spent a period as Organist at St Georgeís, Waterlooville, where he oversaw the restoration of the organ. In 1997 Mark was appointed Director of Music at St Peterís, Petersfield. Following the re-ordering of St Peterís in 1998-9, he has established a summer lunchtime organ recital series, of which this yearís series is the fourteenth. He is Conductor of the Petersfield Choral Society, Festival Accompanist to the Petersfield Musical Festival and Assistant Musical Director of the Portsmouth Festival Choir. In addition to his private teaching practice, Mark is a visiting tutor for flute and piano at Dunhurst School, and also typesets music using Sibelius and Finale. In his spare time he can be found, camera in hand, photographing historic churches or at classic car shows.