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Musician, academic, educator and conductor, Marcus Leverson Alleyne started his musical life at the age of 11 with piano tuition and a role as an active chorister. When he was 15 he took part in his first opera, accepting the lead role of Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute, becoming one of the youngest tenors in Europe to do so. During this time he continued classical voice training under the tutelage of European baritone, Jonathan Lewsey. Whilst studying, Marcus received a Young Musician of the Year award and, in the same year, the Tim Timmis “Services to Music” award. He later studied music at Plymouth University and worked closely with the Artistic Director of Peninsula Arts, Simon Ible. He was also fortunate enough to work alongside The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra composer Nigel Shaw, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and guitarist Craig Ogden. In 2011, Marcus founded Orchestra 4 Cornwall, which continues to draw musicians from all over the country to raise funds for a variety of charities. In November 2018, Marcus and members of his choirs took part in the US premiere of Patrick Hawe’s The Great War Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Marcus took on the role of Director of Music with Phoenix Chorale in September 2013. He also currently holds the position of Director of Music with South West Philharmonia and Chorus, Sterts Theatre Company and Sounds Musical Theatre Company.

Marcus Alleyne
Director of Music

Mark Smith



Mark studied piano and organ at Trinity College London and worked as an accompanist in the South East before moving to Cornwall in 2011. He now shares his work time between accompanying, freelance gardening and building, repairing and renovating pianos. Away from work, his passions include Rachmaninov, Romantic French organ music, growing organic vegetables and foraging. He is an excellent rehearsal and concert accompanist, and has worked with Phoenix Chorale since 2015.


Phoenix Chorale

Phoenix Chorale was set up in 2011. We are a small, friendly group of choral singers who enjoy singing a wide range of music. Our concerts have included works from early musicians, right through to current composers from all over the world. Sometimes we undertake a whole work, but also often choose to programme around a theme, combining contemporary music with more traditional mainstream choral works. We often work with professional soloists and musicians and also try to provide opportunities for young people to perform with us. Our workshops have explored works by Mozart, Brahms and Chilcott, as well as tackling less traditional choral music such as jazz. 

New members are always welcome, so why not come along and join us for a rehearsal? Members pay a termly subscription but there is no charge for the first couple of weeks while you decide if you would like to join the choir. 

We rehearse on Mondays from 7:30-9:30pm at St Peter and The Holy Apostles, Wyndham Square, Plymouth, PL1 5EG.

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