Mark Warman

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Mark Warman (born 5 August 1961) is a British conductor, musical director, composer, orchestrator and educator. He has worked extensively in London's West End on musical productions and orchestrated and conducted many albums, TV and film scores.

Early life[edit]

Warman was born in Kingston upon Thames and educated at Tiffin School before reading Music at King's College, Cambridge, where he sang in its famed Chapel Choir before becoming Musical Director in 1983 of the famous Footlights Revue.[1][2]

Musical director[edit]

At the age of just 23, Warman began his West End career as Musical Director of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4,[3][4][2] which ran for 16 months at the Wyndham's Theatre.[1] For EMI he conducted an orchestral version of the score by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley at Abbey Road Studios.[5][6]

This started a career where Mark has been the Musical Director, Conductor or Arranger for over 100 shows in the West End, as well as overseas.

Stephen Sondheim[edit]

Mark Warman conducting Julia McKenzie at the Stephen Sondheim competition
Mark Warman & Julia McKenzie together at the Stephen Sondheim Competition.

Over his long career Mark seems to have had a great relationship with Stephen Sondheim. In 1998, Mark was the Musical Director on the first UK production of Sondheim's first musical, Saturday Night[7][8][9][1] at the Bridewell Theatre in London. This was followed up in 2005 with Mark being the first Musical Director to work on Evening Primrose[1][2] for the 'Discover the Lost Musicals' series in London. Mark then worked on Into The Woods at the Donmar Warehouse in London,[10][11][1][2] Sweeney Todd for Holland Park Opera Company in the UK[12][1] and then Pacific Overtures[13][14][1][2] at the Donmar Warehouse, which went on to win the 2004 Olivier for Outstanding Musical Production.[15] Stephen Sondheim is often a guest at the Royal Academy of Music,[1] where Mark currently continues to lead as its Principal Tutor. For the last 10 years Mark has been a judge for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Prize of the Year competition, where himself, Julie McKenzie and a panel of judges select the best up and coming musical theatre graduate of the year.[16]

Carl Davis - orchestrations[edit]

Mark has also had a long working career with American conductor and musician Carl Davis. Together, Mark has orchestrated several TV scores over the years including, the 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice[1] starring Colin Firth, the 1995 documentary film Anne Frank Remembered[1] starring Glenn Close and Kenneth Branagh, The Queen's Nose[1] from 1995-2000, the 1995 series Oliver's Travels,[1] The Thatcher Years,[1] and A Dance To The Music Of Time.

Other film, TV and stage orchestrations[edit]

Film and TV[edit]

Mark has worked on many scores over his career, orchestrating and writing for both film and television, mostly with the BBC. In 1986, Mark started working on the TV series of Mr Pye,[1] followed shortly by A Penny For Your Dreams[1] in 1987. Between 1987 and 1989, Mark worked on Foreign Bodies, another TV series on the BBC. In the 90's Mark worked on Mr Abbott’s Broadway[1] a BBC Omnibus production and the TV score of The Black And Blue Lamp.

Mark also worked on both the film scores of Vox Lux[17] - a film by Brady Corbet, starring Natalie Portman and The Childhood Of A Leader[18][19][17] - a film score with the music originally written by Mark's long-time friend Scott Walker.

Stage orchestrations[edit]

Mark has also Orchestrated many West End musicals over his career. Some of these include Nine[20][21][1] at the Donmar Warehouse, Into The Woods[10][11][1][2] at the Donmar Warehouse, Moll Flanders[1] at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Hard Times[22][1][2] at the Theatre Royal in Haymarket, Metropolis[23] at the Piccadilly Theatre, London and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole[3][2] at the Wyndham's Theatrein London.

Mark has also composed and orchestrated many incidental music scores for the theatre including School For Scandal.[24][25][1] Henry VIII[26] and The Rivals[1][27] for the Chichester Festival Theatre and Three Hours After Marriage[28][1] for the Royal Shakespeare Company. in 2019, Mark composed the score for Alan Ayckbourn's new play The Boy Who Fell into A Book (Stephen Joseph Theatre)[29][30][31]

Lost Musicals (1990 - 2013)[edit]

Ian Marshall Fisher, Artistic Director of Lost Musicals,[32][1][2] invited Warman to be Musical Director for his inaugural 1990 season of three musicals: Fanny,[33][34] Allegro and Trouble In Tahiti. Warman went on to musically direct a further 15 shows in this project: Greenwillow[35] (1991), DuBarry Was A Lady[36] (1993), Music In The Air (1993), Red Hot And Blue[37] (1994), Love Life[38] (1995), Of Thee I Sing (1996), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes[39] (1997), As Thousands Cheer[40] (1998), I'd Rather Be Right[41] (1999), Evening Primrose[1][2] (2005), Nymph Errant (2006), Park Avenue (2008), Darling Of The Day (2010), Flahooley (2012) and Around The World (2013), which was presented in London and New York. A revival in 2001 of DuBarry Was A Lady[42][1] with Warman conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Scott Walker[edit]

Mark began working with the avant-garde musician Scott Walker on his album The Drift[1] in 2003. Warman remained his musical director, conductor, keyboardist and orchestrator of albums, ballets and film scores until Walker's death in 2019. Brady Corbet's debut film The Childhood Of A Leader[18][19] was chosen to close the 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam with a live performance of Walker's score, performed by a 75-piece orchestra conducted by Warman.

Royal Academy of Music[edit]

In 2003 Mark was invited by Mary Hammond, then Head of Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music, to create a one-year postgraduate course in Musical Direction which he continues to lead as its Principal Tutor. He was awarded an Hon ARAM in 2012.[1][2]


Personal life[edit]

Warman lives in London. He has just completed work on Mary Poppins Returns.[6] He represents himself and still continues to record albums for shows, groups and solo artists.[1][2]


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