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Mark Walkem



Orchestral and baroque

  • Academy of Ancient Music
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: co-principal
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Instruments of Time and Truth
  • Musical & Amicable Society (baroque and modern): principal
  • Monteverdi String Band
  • Temple Players
  • Barber Opera
  • British Sinfonietta: principal
  • Cinematic Sinfonia
  • Orchestra Vitae: principal
  • European Opera Centre
  • Meridian Sinfonia
  • Armonico Consort: principal
  • English Pro Musica: principal
  • British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra: principal
  • Swansea City Opera: principal

Solo/chamber music

  • Vivaldi Concerto in B minor with Belsize Baroque Orchestra (2017)
  • Haydn Concerto in C with Telford Orchestra (2017)
  • Elgar Concerto with Aldworth Philharmonic (2015) and Asklepios Orchestra (2012)
  • Saint-Saëns Concerto in A minor with University of Birmingham SO (2009) and Birmingham Concert Orchestra (2013)

Teaching and coaching

King Edward's School & King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston (2010 – 2023)

  • Visiting Instrumental Teacher – Cello/Double Bass
  • Teaching cello and double bass students at both schools (beginner to DipABRSM).
  • Preparing pupils for ABRSM examinations, auditions and festivals.
  • Running a successful programme of trial Double Bass lessons – I have pupils working for Grade 8.
  • Coaching chamber ensembles.
  • Running cello sectionals and assisting with the orchestral concerts, residentials and tours.

Coventry School Foundation – Bablake School (2016-21) & King Henry VIII School (2019 – 2021)
Visiting Instrumental Teacher – Cello/Double Bass

  • Teaching pupils in both Junior and Senior schools, from beginner to Grade 8 and beyond.
  • Coaching the Bablake Cello Ensemble.
  • Conducting the Bablake School Orchestra.

Elmhurst Ballet School, in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet (2017 – 2021)
Visiting Instrumental Teacher – Cello/Double Bass

West House School – Independent Preparatory School for Boys, Edgbaston (2015 – 2021)
Visiting cello teacher

Solihull Music Service (2011 – 2017)
Instrumental Teacher – Lower Strings

  • Teaching cello and double bass students in primary and secondary schools, both in one-to-one and group settings.
  • Preparing pupils for Trinity College examinations, GCSE/A Level recitals and auditions.

Bedfordshire Music Trust (2013)
Chamber Music Coach

Education and Qualifications

PgDip Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2013)

  • CBSO Orchestral Training Scheme (2012/13)
  • Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Prize (Finalist 2012 and 2013)
  • Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize (Finalist 2012 and 2013)

BMus (First Class Honours) University of Birmingham (2009)

  • Barber Undergraduate Prize (2007 and 2008)        
  • University of Birmingham Concerto Prize (2009)       
  • Awarded West Bequest for further study (2008 and 2009)
  • CBSO Youth Orchestra / CBSOYO Academy (co-principal)
  • Birmingham Conservatoire / University of Birmingham orchestras (principal)
  • Baroque cello continuo for St John Passion (J S Bach) at the University of Birmingham (directed by Richard Tunnicliffe)

Lionel Handy, Richard Tunnicliffe (baroque cello), Imogen Seth-Smith (baroque cello), Joe Crouch (baroque cello), Nick Roberts, David Angel (chamber music), Robin Ireland (chamber music)

Solo: Hannah Roberts, Alice Neary, Eduardo Vassallo, Pal Banda, Emilio Colon, Michal Kaznowski
Chamber Music: Peter Cropper, Corina Belcea, Maggini Quartet, Richard Ireland, Brodsky Quartet


  • Dartington Baroque Orchestra: awarded scholarship 2016 and 2018

Member of European String Teachers Association and ISM
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