Our Chorus Master and Staff 2014-15
MARK HINDLEY was appointed Chorus Master of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir in June 2012, following a highly acclaimed guest season which saw him prepare the choir for Bach's Christmas Oratorio and the Mozart Requiem.
Mark began his musical life as a Chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. It was here that he began playing the organ, progressing to Malvern College before being awarded an Organ Scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied with David Sanger.
Although he initially qualified as a doctor, his passion for music enticed him away from pursuing medicine as a career. He has wide-ranging musical interests but much of his time is spent conducting and directing. His background has led naturally to many years of close involvement in church music, holding positions at St Matthew's Church Northampton, St Paul's Cathedral in Dundee and Great St Mary's Church in Cambridge. However, his return to Scotland in 2003 to take up the position of Chorus Master with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) heralded a change to working mainly in secular contexts. Responsible for training, preparing and directing the SCO Chorus, he established a close working relationship with many leading conductors, most notably the late Sir Charles Mackerras. Since 2008, he has been Chorus Master of Leeds Philharmonic Society. As well as working closely with its Musical Director, David Hill, he has taken the chorus on successful tours to Poland and Germany including two performances of Elgar's Music Makers with 200 local singers under Jac van Steen to close the Dortmund 2010/11 season.
In addition to his work with symphonic choruses, since 2009, Mark has been Musical Director of the Wordsworth Singers, a Cumbrian chamber choir with whom he has rapidly established a reputation for adventurous programming and exciting, vibrant performances. He is in demand to work with choirs and train voices all over the UK and has worked with, amongst others, Huddersfield Choral Society, Northern Sinfonia Chorus, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, St Andrews Chorus and Angus Choral Societies. Recently he has been at the forefront of community singing events at the new Horsecross Concert Hall in Perth and has recently led workshops for all age groups in Falkirk, Edinburgh, Leeds, Glasgow and Stirling. He has also worked extensively in higher education, notably at the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge. He combines his choral work with a busy schedule as a freelance organist and harpsichordist, and has been invited to perform in many major venues across the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Poland and the USA.
In July 2013, Mark was appointed as Music Director of the Scottish Chamber Choir.
FERGAL CAULFIELD - repetiteur obtained his academic credentials from Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with BA and PhD degrees in music.
As a performer, Fergal studied piano with Peter Dains at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the organ with with Professor Gerard Gillen at the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and he holds performance and teaching diplomas in both instruments. He attended various scholarship master-classes in the UK and Belgium.
As well as many performances abroad, he has given solo organ recitals at most of the major concert venues in Ireland, including the National Concert Hall, the Wexford and Galway Arts Festivals, St. Michael's Church Dún Laoghaire, the Pro-Cathedral Dublin, and Trinity College Chapel,including a recital of contemporary Irish organ music given as part of the Dublin International Organ Festival. He has appeared as soloist in concerto performances with a number of ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra (with whom he has performed the Organ Symphonies of Marcel Dupré, Camille Saint-Saens and Aaron Copland), and is a former prize-winner of the Dublin International Organ Festival. He is also widely in demand as a vocal and instrumental accompanist.
As a chamber musician, Fergal is a member of the Clarion Trio (piano, viola and clarinet). He works regularly as an orchestral keyboard player with the RTÉ National Symphony and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as well as repetiteur for the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, in addition to other long-standing associations with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and Dun Laoghaire Choral Society.
Our Choral Steward for this year is Ciarán Crangle. Ciarán has been involved in music and drama all his life, being a past member of RTÉ Cór na nÓg with interests in radio, TV production and vocal performance. In September 2014 he starts a preparation year in the RIAM as a vocal performance student, working towards his BA Music (Performance) degree.