Music

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. Here are some of the pieces his family have shared with us over the years.

‘Ordinary People’ (Cover) Live

 

‘Feeling Good’ (Cover) Live

 

2015

Every Time You Smile (Original) A song written specially for the wedding of one of Mark’s friends



The Suppliant’s Song (A hymn written by Mark in prison – Free sheet music and words available here)



 

2014

Ivor Gurney – Severn Meadows (Part of Mark’s DipABRSM vocal recital) Exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall in September 2014

 

Gabriel Fauré – ‘Adieu’, No. 3 from ‘Poème d’un Jour’ (Part of Mark’s DipABRSM vocal recital) Exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall in September 2015

 

Mozart – Aria: ‘In diesen heil’gen hallen’ from ‘Die Zauberflöte’, Act 2 (Part of Mark’s DipABRSM vocal recital)

 

Gerald Finzi – ‘It was a lover and his lass’, No. 5 from ‘Let us Garlands Bring’ (Part of Mark’s DipABRSM vocal recital)

 

Mendellsohn – Aria: ‘Lord God of Abraham’ from ‘Elijah’, Part 1  (Part of Mark’s DipABRSM vocal recital)

 

2013

‘I Feel Free’ (An original song written and performed by Mark in prison)



‘Falsely Imprisoned Blues’ (An original song written and performed by Mark in prison, inspired by Johnny Cash)



Chopin – Nocturne in B, Op. 32, No. 1 (Part of Mark’s Grade 8 Piano which he studied in prison) Nocturnes were designed to convey a dream-like state. This piece evokes Chopin’s deep longing for his Polish homeland after settling in Paris in 1830.

 

Beethoven – 3rd movement from Sonata in Cm, Op. 13, Grande Sonate Pathétique (Part of Mark’s Grade 8 Piano which he studied in prison) This piece is developed around a simple concept, Pathos.

 

2011

White Christmas (Cover) sung by Mark

 

1 Response

  1. Oh Mark, love your music and lyrics! It’s and honour and privilege to make music with you once a month, and without doubt, a highlight in the month, especially as it honours and glorifies God. You will no doubt know the story of Joseph, in Genesis 39 – 50, if not, get stuck into it, it’s anazing! Joseph was wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, but we read again and again, “The Lord with Joseph”, so may the God of Joseph continue be The God of Mark, and bless you abundantly, as He did Joseph. Love and blessings, tim

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