About us Our team Our staff Mark Shanahan Mark studied at Chetham's school of Music and London University before joining the post-graduate conducting course at the Royal Academy of Music as the Sir Henry Wood conducting Scholar. Mark’s orchestral work includes broadcasts and concerts with the BBC, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra and The English Northern Philharmonia, he is Artistic Director of Forest Philharmonic Orchestra. He held the position of Principal Guest conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra for six years. Mark has worked in opera throughout the UK, including productions for English National Opera, Opera North and Grange Park Opera. Internationally, Mark has conducted for Opera Ireland, and the Wexford Festival. He made his French debut with Nantes-Angers Opera for their acclaimed production of Jenůfa which was awarded the Claude Rostand Critique award leading to extensive operatic work across France, Italy and Germany. Most recently he conducted Carmen for Frankfurt Opera. He also made his symphonic debut in Paris with the Orchestre Lamoureux and at Opera de Nancy with a new production of Katya Kabanova. Outside of opera, Mark's interests include history, design and architecture.