Mark Andrew James founded the Sussex Symphony Orchestra in 1993. He led us up until 2018 when he “retired” from the Orchestra – during that time he led us, with skill and charisma, through some of the greatest works in the orchestral and choral repertoire, including:

  • Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 2
  • Holst – The Planets
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10
  • Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) and Symphony No. 5
  • Verdi – Requiem
  • Ravel – Daphnis and Chloe

You can hear some of these performances by clicking here.

We are delighted that Mark has returned to the SSO initially as Musical Director!

Mark studied conducting and oboe at Trinity College, London. Master classes with Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta and Sir Charles Mackerras meant that amongst the first orchestras Mark conducted were the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra.

Mark has gone on to conduct orchestral and choral works around the world – Japan, Rio de Janeiro, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA as well as numerous venues in Europe. Working extensively with Russian orchestras, his performances of English and Russian music in St Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk and Yaroslavl received huge critical acclaim.

In the UK, Mark has conducted studio sessions for film and TV with members of all the major London orchestras. With the SSO he has worked with international soloists including Lesley Garrett, Katherine Jenkins, Guy Johnston, John Lill and Philip Fowke.