Mark Williams took up the post of Director of Music at Jesus College Cambridge, where he also holds a Fellowship, in September 2009. He studied at Trinity College Cambridge where he was also the Organ Scholar. In 2000, at the age of 21, he was appointed Assistant Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral in London and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral School. He relinquished both posts in April of 2006 in order to pursue his growing freelance career.
Described as ‘the shooting star of the international organ scene’ by the Berliner-Zeitung, he has appeared in the UK, Europe and America with many of the UK’s leading ensembles, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. He has given solo recitals, appeared as harpsichordist and organist, and led masterclasses in choral training, singing and organ performance in the UK, the USA, Asia and Africa. He promotes music education widely and is a trustee of the Ngoma Dolce Music Foundation in Zambia, of the Oundle Music Trust, the Harlton Organ Trust and the Friends of Cathedral Music in the UK.
In addition to writing and arranging music for television and radio, Mark Williams has performed on a number of film soundtracks, and appears on CD with the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and Richard Marlow, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cambridge Singers and John Rutter, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Retrospect Ensemble, The King's Consort, The Sixteen, Arcangelo and Cantores in Ecclesia directed by Dean Applegate. In Summer of 2011, he made his first recording with the Choir of Jesus College. He has been attending the William Byrd Festival since the year 2000.