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Mark Shakespeare

Mark Jason Kevyn Shakespeare was born on 21 August in Wardle, Lancashire. 
At the age of six he started piano lessons with Mary Price at Avonica Music School. At the age of 12 years he had piano degrees in theory and practice. 
At age eleven, Mark Shakespeare became acquainted with the classical church organ, Mark had found his true passion. 
At the age of twelve, Mark performed his first radio broadcast on the weekly organ music series of the BBC (Radio Manchester), called 'pedal, percussion and Pipes'. 
Shortly after his 13th birthday Mark qualified for the London College of Music and at 15 Mark won several awards for achieving the highest score in a variety of subjects. He studied at the Royal School of Church Music classical organ and vocals and his diploma as "Head Chorister" (choir conductor). 
At the age of 16 Mark had already won several music competitions. The Executive Manager of Electro Voice Ltd and importer for Wersi Organ in England, Ken Jones noticed him and offered him to present the instruments for the company. 
On his 18th birthday, he gave a highly acclaimed concert on the Wersi Helios in London's famous Barbican Centre. 
In 1984 Mark Shakespeare founded his own record company with the associated sales: Ivory International Ltd. In the same year BBõhmhm company discovered Mark and invited him to an audition. He convinced the Bõhm team with his skill and virtuosity. Marks first tour was with the Bõhm Musika Digital 1030 
Mark toured extensively, playing in StBõhmdt Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and also in the US and many other countries. Mark has made numerous television appearances in Germany and abroad. 
In June 1996, Mark became ill with lymphoma. After a relatively short illness, he died on September 28, 1996 


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