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About MLC Loughborough

Music Learning Collective

Mark Bates is Franchisee and Manager of MLC Loughborough, which opened its doors in September 2019.

Mark realised his passion for music at the age of 14, when he first started playing the drums. He studied with world-renowned drummers such as Jim Chapin, Mike Mangini, Thomas Lang, Massimo Russo, Paul Hose, Claus Hessler and Craig Blundell, and went on to achieve his Diploma in Performance for Rock School London and is an Associate for Trinity College London (Teaching).

Still out and performing, Mark plays with a number of bands including Singer/Songwriter JR Harbidge, whose debut album reached No.9 in the iTunes chart, as well as a number of festivals including YNOT Festival, Cornbury Festival and Cropredy & Warwick Folk Festival.

Whilst running MLC Loughborough, Mark continues to teach at MLC Nottingham and is regularly asked to teach and work alongside the HE Performance and Music Technology students at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.

I just wanted to send a quick message to say a huge thank you for all the effort all your staff put into the Summer Performance. My two boys were so proud of themselves, especially Finn who wasn’t at all convinced to perform in the first place. (It even gave him the confidence to enter his school’s end of year ‘entertainment’… Was determined to do it and totally rocked!!!) And obviously we were extremely proud parents… Special memories to last a lifetime.

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