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MARK HINTON STEWART

MUSICIAN  |  COMPOSER

BIOGRAPHY

A very experienced and accomplished composer and performer, Mark began his musical journey studying classical piano, organ, clarinet, saxophone and choral singing and graduated with an honours degree in Music from Exeter University.
 

His career in music began in the theatre working at Exeter Northcott Theatre where he composed the music for Declan Donellan’s acclaimed production of Martin Sherman’s BENT, and played keyboards for George Stiles' and Anthony Drewe’s world premiere of the musical TUTANKHAMUN. Other theatre work included the role of actor/pianist for Keith Strachan's poignant production of TONIGHT: LOLA BLAU followed by on-stage pianist for the Orange Tree Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of THE LADY OR THE TIGER, and then assistant musical director and keyboard player for the Watermill Theatre’s production of MOLL FLANDERS.

LIVE
PERFORMING

As a performer on piano and keyboards, Mark has appeared nationally and internationally with many different singers and instrumentalists (jazz, rock and pop) including his own bands, most notably THIS SIDE UP with Luiz de Almeida on guitar and Dylan Howe on drums, and Brazilian band AUWÊ. As well as playing numerous times at the Jazz Café in London (including performing as the band for Clara Moreno - daughter of famous Brazilian singer Joyce), AUWÊ also opened shows for Caetano Veloso at the Barbican, London and for Marisa Monte at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre, and were invited to Brazil to play in Rio de Janeiro at the Humaitá Pra Peixe festival, Rio's foremost festival for new music and new bands. Mark currently plays piano alongside guitarist Mo Nazam for the group THE BERAKAH PLAYERS, part of the charity BERAKAH ARTS, an innovative organisation dedicated to crossing boundaries of race, religion and culture through the arts.

STUDIO RECORDING

As a session player, Mark has played on many film and television drama soundtracks, and has appeared on various live television shows with such stars as Bette Midler, Barry Manilow and Placido Domingo. His studio work has included keyboards for Kirsty MacColl on her album TROPICAL BRAINSTORM, and piano and keyboards for French singer Arielle’s album IMBECILE HEUREUSE produced by David Corcos and mixed by Mario Caldatto jr. Mark was also orchestral arranger and conductor for Arielle’s album (recorded at Smecky Studio, Prague), as well as string arranger and conductor for Jools Holland’s album SUNSET OVER LONDON and choir arranger and conductor for Adam F’s album KAOS: THE ANTI-ACOUSTIC WARFARE.

FILM & TV COMPOSING

As a composer, Mark’s first film was the Sky Pictures feature, TUBE TALES, which led on to, amongst others, the Film Four/Tiger Aspect feature DOG EAT DOG starring Gary Kemp, Alan Davies and Melanie Blatt, and the Spice Factory/Phantom Pictures feature BABY JUICE EXPRESS starring Nick Moran, Phil Davis, Lisa Faulkner and Samantha Janus. Mark composed the score for the film festival and internet sensation THE MAN FROM EARTH and the sequel THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE. As a composer for television drama, Mark scored all four series of the highly successful BBC One drama, CUTTING IT, starring Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish, Jason Merrells and Ben Daniels, followed by further dramas, including BBC One’s FINAL DEMAND starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Liam Cunningham and Simon Pegg, BBC One’s 55 DEGREES NORTH starring Don Gilet and Dervla Kirwan, BBC One’s WATERLOO ROAD starring Jason Merrells and Angela Griffin, both series of BBC One's HOLBY BLUE starring Zoe Lucker and Tim Pigott-Smith, and ITV1’s SWEET MEDICINE starring Patricia Hodge, Jason Merrells and Gillian Kearney.

CHORAL COMPOSING & ARRANGING

As a composer and arranger of choral music, Mark's current role as Director of Music at All Saints' Church, Old Isleworth in West London allows him to indulge his passion for choral music by composing and arranging for the choir. Further details of this can be found on the COMPOSITIONS page.

TECHNICAL

On the technical side, Mark has in-depth knowledge of LOGIC PRO X digital audio workstation software and SIBELIUS music notation software. He also has a working knowledge of FINAL CUT PRO X video editing and post production software.

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