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Mark Tinkler

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Artistic Director

Mark founded EPOC in 1993 and has been its artistic director ever since. He has been involved in music all his life: as a boy chorister; opera singer; opera director; choral leader; and music educator.

He comes from Cambridge, although one side of his family - the Gillespies that gave their name to Gillespie Road - came from Islington. He is married to theatre designer Annabel Lee and has two children. He is very fond of music, singing, whistling, opera, playing the piano accordion, history and Cambridge United FC.


Training: St. John’s College Choir School, Cambridge; Leighton Park School, Reading; Manchester University (B.Mus. Hons); Royal Northern College of Music (GRNCM, PPRNCM); Berlin; Firenze.

Writer, Workshop leader: EPOC; Opera North; English National Opera; Scottish Opera.

Visiting Tutor: CCM (University of Cincinnatti); Opera Studio (Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal); QMC University of London; London College of Fashion; Rose Bruford College; Royal Academy of Music; Royal College of Music; Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Director: Scottish Opera; Birmingham Opera Company, Aldeburgh, BBC Proms; Opera North; Music Theatre Lucca; Haddo House Opera, Scotland; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid.

Singer: Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Scottish Opera; Paris, Caen, France; Batignano Festival, Italy; Holland Park Opera; Opera North; Buxton Festival; London Symphony Orchestra; Bayreuther Festpielchor; Halle Orchestra; Edinburgh Festival; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Northern Sinfonia; Ulster Orchestra.

Posts; Director of Productions, Haddo House Opera, 1997-2000; Board member, Opera and Music Theatre Forum 2005-9; Governing Body, Pooles Park Primary School 2007 – present; Artistic Director, English Pocket Opera Company 1993 – present.


To see Mark’s choice of Desert Island Discs click the image below: