Mark Messenger is rapidly establishing an enviable reputation not only as an inspirational and dynamic Youth Orchestra conductor, but also as a deeply intelligent and thoughtful interpreter of the major symphonic repertoire. His performances of the romantic masterpieces have been described as “inspirational”. However, he is equally in demand as a mainstream symphonic conductor or working in other genres, most recently appearing with Symphonic Queen.

In January 2001, he was appointed conductor of the Essex Young People’s orchestra. Since then, he has instigated a policy of inviting international artistes to perform with the orchestra in major concerti. Recently their repertoire has included Elgar’s cello concerto and Enigma Variations, symphonies by Dvorak and Sibelius, Scheherezade by Rimsky-Korsakoff, Shostakovich 2nd piano concerto and violin concertos by Bruch and Saint-Saens.

For 2005, Essex Young People’s Orchestra have been invited back for the fourth time to present the New Year’s Day concert at Chelmsford Cathedral after the phenomenal success of this concerts last January.

For further details of Essex Young People’s Orchestra contact Andrew Coles on:
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References from David le Page , Andrew Coles