Musician, academic, educator and conductor, Marcus Leverson Alleyne started his musical life at the age of 11 with piano tuition and a role as an active chorister. When he was 15 he took part in his first opera accepting the lead role of Tamino, in Mozart’s Magic Flute, becoming one of the youngest tenors in Europe to do so. During this time he continued classical voice training under the tutelage of European baritone, Jonathan Lewsey. Whilst studying Marcus received a Young Musician of The Year Award and in the same year the Tim Timmis “services to music” award. He later studied Music at Plymouth University and worked closely with the Artistic Director of Peninsula Arts, Simon Ible. He was also fortunate enough to work alongside The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra composer Nigel Shaw, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and guitarist Craig Ogden.
In 2011 Marcus founded Orchestra 4 Cornwall, which continues to draw musicians from all over the country to raise funds for a variety of charities. Following the successful debut performance of O4C he was offered the position of resident Musical Director of The Music of The Night Choral Foundation, holder of the Plymouth City Music Festival Mantle Cup for two consecutive years. Marcus also currently holds the position of Musical Director with Sterts Theatre Company, Sounds Musicals Theatre Company and most recently the Kelliwik Orchestra and Singers.
Mark studied piano and organ at Trinity College London and worked as a full time accompanist in the South East until 2011 when he moved to Cornwall. He now shares his work time between freelance gardening, piano restoration/repair/regulation and accompanying. Away from work his passions include Rachmaninov, Romantic French organ music, growing organic vegetables and foraging. (Yes he does wear sandals but only indoors and no he doesn't have a beard or a pony-tail).
With his ever strengthening links with conductors and composers in America such as John Cornish and Dan Forrest, Marcus brings a unique style and sound to both choral and orchestral work throughout the South West. More information can be found at www.mlamusic.biz
“I would like to thank Pamela Browning, Katherine Reeves, Jenny George, Jane Warwick, Claire Anderson, Gary Hawkin and my wife Jo for their continued support” Marcus Alleyne.