Marcus Patteson

Executive Director

Marcus has led Norfolk Community Arts (originally Norwich & Norfolk Community Arts) since its foundation in August 2001. Although originally pursuing a career in Environmental Science, he gained community development experience working for Norwich City Council and started NORCA when the opportunity arose to take on the newly refurbished Waterloo Park Pavilion. He has been involved in music for most of his life, going to the Proms at the age of 10 and starting to play the guitar at 18.  It was community choir, Big Sky, that switched him on to community music, going on to train as a vocal facilitator with Access to Music and to get a First Class degree in Music from the University of East Anglia.  It is the belief that not only is everyone creative, but being creative is a vital, necessary and active part of the human condition, that drives the work of Norfolk Community Arts.

Marcus is a percussionist and carnivalist, specialising in Brazilian music. He co-founded Norwich Samba in 2000, with Paul Weston, and founded and performed with his band, Rabo de Foguete, for ten years.  His eclectic love of music has seen him create and develop over 100 projects and programmes, including the Sistema Norwich programme. He has written operas with Year 5 children, written and arrange music (for both Sistema Norwich’s orchestras and Rabo), directed carnivals and developed street shows. He released his first album of self-penned material under the name Bird Service, in 2021.

Marcus says, “my first concert was Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms (still one of my favourite pieces of music), and first gig I went to was Supertramp at Earls Court. I listen to a lot Brazilian music and ‘Los Hermanos’ are a big favourite.”