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Mark Gotham is a composer, conductor, and scholar based in Cambridge, UK. He graduated from the University of Oxford with the Gibbs prize for the highest-ranking first class degree awarded in music; from the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in composition (supported by a full Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship); and from the University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in music theory (Newton Trust scholarship). His thesis was described by the examiners as 'excellent' (Alan Marsden) and 'formidable' (Robert Pascall).
As well as being Director of Music-Making at Churchill College, he is also a supervisor and visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Music, an orchestral conductor with 'a natural ability' (Mark Heron), a choral director with 'much to offer' (Tim Brown) and a composer with 'an exciting new voice' (Sarah MacDonald). Current professional highlights include conducting members of both the London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, and a debut disc of music for choir(s) and keyboard(s) to be released in 2016 by Regent Records.
Music-making at Churchill has a tradition of being friendly, inclusive, diverse in style and of high quality. Mark is keen to involve musicians from all the College's constituencies (undergraduates, advanced students, Fellows and staff), and he strongly encourages musical collaborations with Churchill's neighbouring colleges. Finally Mark is also deeply committed to providing paid professional opportunities for the best Churchill students outside college, as this experience is a vital part of making the transition into the professional world. From a current student: “I'd like to say how grateful I am that you're offering me all of these wonderful opportunities. It really means a lot.”