Mark Hunter – Director of Music
Mark Hunter, a native Knaresborian, originally joined the choir of St John’s as a Treble in September 1972, eventually becoming Head Chorister and then singing Tenor. In more recent years he has been extensively involved in choir administration as Librarian, Concert Organiser and Secretary of the Choir Committee, as well as deputising for David Salter and Richard Darke when required. Mark retired from a long career in the Civil Service in December 2013 and now works for York based charity ‘Lollipop’, which organises activities for children with hearing loss and their families throughout North Yorkshire.
In the past Mark has held the post of Musical Director with various ensembles, including Knaresborough Musicals Society, the Rheindahlen Choral Society and Voix Celestes. He also sings with the Harrogate Haydn Choir and in 2012 was a soloist in their performance of the Mozart Requiem. Mark’s musical taste and experience spans a wide variety of genres and he is a firm believer in making musical opportunities available and accessible to all, whilst striving to achieve the highest standards possible. He is a keen composer and arranger of music and in 2014 wrote two arrangements of traditional Christmas carols for the Choir’s appearance in the film ‘Get Santa’ starring Jim Broadbent.
Mark was delighted to be appointed as Director of Music at St John’s in January 2016 and is committed to maintaining the high standards of the choir, whilst also broadening the opportunities available for involvement in the musical life of the church and the local community.