Music has been a large part of Mark’s life in prison and a source of real comfort and solace in an otherwise bleak environment. In organising various events, Mark has helped raise over £1250 for Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, and almost £1000 for the Howard League for Penal Reform, through his music. Mark has performed with Eric Clapton, Cashhtastic, Hardwicke Circus, Liberty Choir, Terry Waite, Bryn Haworth, and many others whilst in prison.
Mark has written over 20 songs in captivity, with lyrics reflecting on politics, criminal justice policy, and relationships. He has also composed 7 worship songs for Christian fellowship, to date, expressing his search for hope, strength, and wisdom through faith. Here are some of the pieces his family have shared with us over the years, including one or two early demos. It may take some time for a song to load fully, so if you do experience a sudden cut off when listening, press the pause button on the player to allow more time for your computer or device to catch up, or try reloading this page.
“Mark won an Arnold Foundation Scholarship to study as a boarder in the Sixth Form at Rugby School in 2004. He was a naturally talented singing pupil. Through diligence, he made very rapid progress and was soon picked to sing solos in major school productions. During his two years at the school he gave generously of his time and effort; the musical life of the school was richer as a result.
In all of this, Mark demonstrated ability, intelligence, courage and confidence. The fact that he was entrusted with the responsibility of these performances and that he acquitted himself very well shows his reliability in difficult circumstances. He responded well to the challenges which were given him; behaving at all times with maturity and determination.
I am astonished and extremely sorry that Mark finds himself in his current situation. I cannot believe that the boy whom I knew would be capable of such things”