|Mark Burstow: 1991 - 2001
Born is Belfast in 1972, (living just yards away from Adam Donaghy's home in East Belfast), on his appointment Mark was the youngest conductor of any male choir in the United Kingdom. Having cut his teeth chorally in the award winning choir at Grosvenor High School, Mark's passion for conducting was awakened by the legendary Ronnie Lee MBE. During Mark's tenure the choir won 1st places at musical festivals both at home and abroad, tying for top honours on one occasion with the choir that went on to win that years Llangollen International Eisteddfod. In 1995 the choir introduced the current red blazers to the uniform.
The choir broadcast regularly on BBC, ITV and RTE television, notably taking part in the first cross border TV broadcast to mark the terrorist ceasefires. During Mark's time at the helm the choir broadcast a hour long programme "In Harmony" for BBC radio about the history of the choir and had its 50th Anniversary dinner part broadcast live on Ulster Television. Musically, Mark introduced much new music to the choir, highlighting the more modern repertoire predominantly but also conducting the first Ulster performance in 40 years of the Brahms "Alto Rhapsody" with Deborah Davidson and the Studio Symphony Orchestra. Mark led the choir on a 16 day, 12 concert tour of Canada and the USA in 1998. Mark now lives in England, he is retired (at 34!) from full time music, working as civil servant involved in property matters and is enjoying life on the sunny south coast of England as an "enthusiastic amateur choralist"