Originally from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Mark Dobell was a Choral Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, where he read Classics. He later studied singing as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the Clifton Prize for the best final recital.
Dobell has worked as a soloist throughout Europe and North America with world-renowned conductors including Harry Christophers, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington and James MacMillan. His extensive repertoire includes many of the major works of Handel, Bach and Mozart, as well as pieces by composers such as Monteverdi, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Britten, Jonathan Dove and Karl Jenkins. Recent highlights include performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers (Royal Albert Hall), Britten’s St Nicolas (St Albans Abbey), Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie (St John’s Smith Square, London), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Pärt’s Passio (Westminster Abbey), Mozart’s Requiem (Santiago de Compostela and Granada), Handel’s Messiah (Palace of Versailles), Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus (Amsterdam) and Purcell’s King Arthur (Usher Hall, Edinburgh).
In 2016, Dobell performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Westminster Abbey, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast in Uppsala, Sweden, Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Wigmore Hall, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. In 2017, he has performed Bach’s Magnificat around the UK, Monteverdi’s Vespers in Boston and New York for the Handel and Haydn Society, as well as Bach’s St John Passion and Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten.
Dobell also works with many leading British choirs and consorts including The Cardinall’s Musick, I Fagiolini, Gallicantus and The King’s Consort. He is a member of The Sixteen, The Orlando Consort and the choir of Westminster Abbey.click to download images