Mark Slater (left) Christopher Slater (seated) Rachmaninov Dorking Halls Debut Concert Leatherhead Advertiser Press Clipping
Leatherhead Advertiser, 27 August 1998

FOLLOWING in his father’s musical footsteps is pianist Mark Slater.

He’s set to make his debut at Dorking Halls on Saturday September 12 — 38 years after his father, Christopher, made his debut there conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mark will be playing the solo part in Rachmaninov’s popular Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini, with Christopher conducting his own orchestra, the Slater Symphony Orchestra.

It’s not the first time father and son (pictured) have collaborated in concerts. Last year Mark played the piano solo in Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue at Bookham and later that year the organ in Handel’s concerto The Cuckoo and the Nightingale in Leatheread Parish Church.

When not playing piano solos, versatile Mark plays the cello in the orchestra.

Already a Bachelor of Law, he has just gained his MMus from Thames Valley University for work in film and theatre composition.

One of the films for which he supplied the music was seen at the Portabella Film Festival earlier this month and he is now seeking further commissions. Tickets for the Halls concert can be obtained on 01306 881717.