Dedicated to working with young musicians, in addition to his work at the RNCM Mark has worked with ensembles from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Tilburg & Maastricht Conservatories (Netherlands), National Youth Wind Orchestra of Israel, and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Alongside his conducting engagements, Mark has a burgeoning reputation as a conducting teacher. As well as his work at the RNCM within the college’s Junior Fellowship, Masters, and External Studies programmes he has developed an elite undergraduate conducting programme at Manchester University, teaches annually at Sherborne Summer School, is a visiting professor to the Royal Air Force and appears often as a guest at conducting courses and master classes
“…full of verve and crackled with enthusiasm..”
Mark has a keen interest in contemporary music and has given world premieres of many important works. He has collaborated with leading composers such as Magnus Lindberg, James McMillan, Mark Anthony Turnage, Giya Kancheli, Unsuk Chin, Kalevi Aho, Detlev Glanert and many others. In 2006 he gave the European premiere of American composer Daron Hagen’s opera, Bandanna. To date he has recorded 6 compact discs with the RNCM WindOrchestra featuring contemporary wind repertoire.
Mark studied at the RSAMD and the RNCM. Following a successful chamber music career and freelance work with many of the UK’s professional symphony orchestras, he undertook conducting studies at the RNCM and has worked intensively in master classes with Neeme & Paavo Järvi, Jorma Panula, and Sir Mark Elder. In 2005 Mark was awarded first prize in the Neeme Järvi competition and in 2006 he worked with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra as one of three young conductors selected by the orchestra for their mentoring programme.
“The Liverpool Mozart Orchestra should feel proud of their efforts this weekend. So, too, can Mark Heron, a lively yet demanding conductor who extracted the best from the orchestra. A challenging programme sold every seat in the house and was played magnificently.”
Mark Heron is music director of Nottingham Philharmonic and University of Manchester Symphony Orchestras. As a member of the conducting faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark works regularly with the full range of the college’s orchestras and ensembles. As a guest conductor he has worked with many professional ensembles including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta (Finland), St Petersburg Festival Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Pärnu Philharmonic (Estonia).
The LMO has been privileged to have Mark as Music Director for 10 years. He has now stepped down from that role but will remain in touch with the orchestra as its Conductor Laureate. We are delighted he will still conduct two concerts in the coming season including our return to a Liverpool venue.