Mark Williams has been Director of Music, College Lecturer and Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge since 2009. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge under Richard Marlow, and was for six years Assistant Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral School. He has appeared as organist, harpsichordist and conductor internationally and on disc with many of the UK’s leading ensembles, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cambridge Singers, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The King’s Consort, The Sixteen, Arcangelo, Retrospect Ensemble, the Gabrieli Consort and Players and Cantores in Ecclesia. As a conductor he has worked with the Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Saraband Consort and City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and he is the Principal Guest Conductor of the City of London Choir.
Mr. Williams has given solo recitals and led masterclasses in choral training, singing and organ performance in the UK, the USA, Asia and Africa. He appears on over 30 discs and a number of soundtracks, and his most recent recordings with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge have appeared in the top ten of the classical music sales charts. With the Choir of Jesus College, he has toured the world, specialising in projects in India and Sri Lanka, working with underprivileged children. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Mr Williams is a Freeman of the City of London, and a trustee of the Oundle Music Trust, the Harlton Organ Trust, Cambridge Early Music, Songbound and the Muze Music Trust in Zambia. He is the Honorary President of the Chamber Choir of Erne Integrated College in Enniskillen.
Mr. Williams has visited Portland for the William Byrd Festival every year since 2000, succeeding the late Richard Marlow as Artistic Director in 2014. In January 2017, he will up the post of Informator Choristarum, Organist and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. With a history of nearly six hundred years, the post of Informator Choristarum has been held by Sir John Stainer, Daniel Purcell and John Sheppard amongst others.