… just some of the orchestras who have booked Morgensterns clients during the past year.
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Mark Chivers (Viola) Profile

Mark's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Orchestras: BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Beetroot Productions, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, British Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Anglia, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, City Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Showbiz Pops Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, Worthing Symphony Orchestra.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): English National Ballet, Opera Project, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Thames Festival Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Bath Philharmonia, Bernardi Chamber Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, City of Oxford Orchestra, English Classical Players, Icini Orchestra, London Musical Arts Orchestra (LMA Orchestra), London Sinfonia, Marylebone Camerata, New Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra Da Camera, Sinfonia Verdi, Sinfonia ViVA, Thames Chamber Orchestra.
  • Chamber Groups: Adderbury Ensemble, Bristol Ensemble, Locrian Ensemble, Trafalgar Sinfonia.
  • Shows: A Little Night Music, Ghost, Oklahoma, Phantom of The Opera, Sweeney Todd, War of the Worlds.
  • Sessions: English Session Orchestra, Face Music, Hilary Skewes, Justin Pearson, Music Solutions Ltd, Roz Colls.
  • Education Work: Oxford Philomusica Education.

other items of interest …

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Anglia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, Halle Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Northern Ballet, Opera North, Performing Arts Orchestra, ViVA, BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Co-Principal) and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra (Principal).

Mark has been booked as guest principal viola with the London City Ballet (principal viola trial), National Symphony Orchestra of Portugal (a one year contract with 2 months principal work), the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (principal viola, UK tour 2002 & 2003) and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.

Mark played in the Les Miserables Orchestra (Manchester) and for orchestral concerts booked by Stephen Hill.

Mark's TV work includes "Stars In Their Eyes" Live Final, ITV, Granada, and a Live BBC Broadcast with Katherine Jenkins (Llangollen Eisteddfod) which has also been released on DVD by Universal Classics. Mark has also mimed for the films "Sherlock Holmes 2" (2011), "The Young Victoria" (Martin Scorcese 2007), "The Duchess" (2007) and "Hilary and Jackie" (1998).

Mark was a soloist with Mid Wales Opera for their 2001-2002 season and toured Scotland with the Ruskin Ensemble in 2003.

Mark has also played as part of a string quintet for Johnathan Ansell's "Night at the Opera UK Tour"

In 2007, Mark was a trialist for Principal Viola at English National Ballet.

Mark's session work includes bookings for Music Matters (X Factor soundtrack sessions on ITV), Hilary Skewes Film Sessions, Sylvia Addison sessions (including Andrew Lloyd Webber and Katie Melua), English Session Orchestra, London Musicians Ltd (inc. Holiday on Ice soundtrack, magician Hans Klok's Las Vegas Show soundtrack and Ian Fleming James Bond tribute night, London Palladium), London Telefilmonic Orchestra (inc. Myleene Klass 'moving on' album, Bailey's, Level 3, T Mobile, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Reebok Adverts and pop demos for Shayan), BBC National Orchestra of Wales (including Doctor Who and Human Planet sessions), Accord Music Productions, BBC production of Land Girls and Father Brown Investigates (Music Matters), for Face Music (accompanying Westlife and Susan Boyle on the X Factor, and Il Divo on Strictly Come Dancing), and Steve Socci Music Ltd (Idina Menzel live at the Apollo Theatre).

He has performed with Goldfrapp in Paris at the Marigny Theatre and at the BBC Electric Proms for BBC4, and performed in the Peter Gabriel European Tour in 2010. Mark regularly plays for Katie Melua, recording her new album 'Secret Symphony' and touring as part of her String Quartet.

Mark plays regularly with Tom Kerstern's G PLus Ensemble (Guitars, String Quartet and Percussion), recently opening the International Guitar Festival at The King's Place.

Mark is Principal Viola for the National Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Orchestra of the Swan (co-principal viola). He is also Principal Viola with the British Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly Guest Leads for Raymond Gubbay (London Concert Orchestra) and LMA at St Martin In The Fields.

Mark has played principal viola on various tours for Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Alfie Boe, Lesley Garratt and Hayley Westernra.

Mark is a member of Maquerade String Quartet, whose two CD's, "Everything's Coming up Roses" and "In a Sentimental Mood" are now available from the Masquerade String Quartet's website. The quartet regularly gives concerts of Jazz and Film repetoire, and is part of Bedfordshire's Urban Orchestra project.

Mark is also a Professional String Arranger, with commissions for Background Quartet Tangos for a scene in Father Brown Investigates (BBC Productions/Music Matters) and also from the Orchestra of the Swan at Jaguar Arts and Business Awards (Birmingham Town Hall), Summer Proms (Stratford) and Christmas Concerts (2008-09).


Graduate studies

the University of Hull (BMus: High II:i between 1987 - 1990) and Royal Northern College of Music (Diploma in PG Performance between 1990 - 1992).

Prizes and Awards

  • Scarampella Viola awarded by the Tompkin's Trust (2002-present)


Alan George, Yuko Inoue and Garfield Jackson.

Mark joined Morgensterns in June 2004

Mark's web profile was last updated 28th Mar 2019


Mark Chivers (Viola) Profile

Teaching experience

Mark is Head of Junior Strings at Wellingborough School (including chamber music coaching).


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