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Mark Fortnum

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Saxophone, Woodwinds, Bass Guitar. Jazz graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Yorkshireman at heart.
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Alto Saxophonist
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Originally from Scarbrough, Yorkshire, 24 year old Mark Fortnum studied in Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating with 1st class honours from the BMus Jazz course under the tuition of Geoff Simkins, Alex Merritt, Iain Ballamy, Steve Waterman, Huw Warren and Nick Weldon. He has performed across the UK and Europe as a member of various musical projects including; jazz groups of differing sizes, riot-jazz brass band Bass12, as a session player with Jack Mac's Funk Pack and other funk/soul/pop and theatre bands, as well as being a solo performer for weddings and functions. Performance highlights include London Jazz Festival, Amsterdam Blue Note, St Davids Hall Cardiff, Greenman Festival and Prague Quadrennial Festival, as well as performing for Shirley Bassey and supporting Hot 8 Brass Band. He has made TV appearances on S4C's Band Cymru competition, BBC Wales Today and with Bass12 as the Cardiff Blues resident band on BBC, S4C and SkySports. Mark has achieved the ABRSM Diploma both in Performance Saxophone and Instrumental Teaching but is also a versatile multi-instrumentalist, his ability to play all saxophones, clarinet, flute and bass guitar leading to theatre performances including; Carousel, Pirates of Penzance, Me and My Girl and Little Shop of Horrors to name a few.  As well as performing Mark also enjoys arranging music for big band and has a role in education, leading workshops and teaching 1:1 lessons.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, House, Electronic, Ambient, Deep house, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Pop, Covers, Soul, Top 40, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Opera, Folk, Acoustic
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Community music worker
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Song list

Sample wedding song list:
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
See You Again - Charlie Pugh
All of Me - John Legend
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Let Her Go - Passenger
It Must Be Love - Madness
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
September - Earth, Wind + Fire
Hello - Adele
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Hey Jude - Beatles
Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Dive - Ed Sheeran
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone - Bill Withers
Let It Go - Frozen
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harum
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Summertime - Gershwin
Cheek To Cheek - Eva Cassidy
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know and we can discuss if this affects the fee.


From customers:

Alan S, 4 years ago

A very nice sound...the makings of a very good player!

Best W, 4 years ago

'You were immense, your performance made the ceremony truly memorable, thank you so much!'

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