Mark Batten

Mark was born in Bristol and educated at Clifton College. He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating in 2004 with a Master’s degree.

Mark began his teaching career at Oakham School in Rutland and Brighton College in Sussex, before being appointed Head of Academic Music at Brighton College’s first international school in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

Mark is passionate about choral music in all its forms and has directed numerous theatre productions, including the first licensed performances in Abu Dhabi of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” and Willy Russell’s musical “Blood Brothers”. During his time in the UAE Mark was also Director of the UAE National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Chorus.

Mark writes: “I firmly believe that children are capable of excellence and my philosophy as an educator has always been understanding through enjoyment. I look forward to meeting your children and sharing with them the joy of high-quality music-making”.