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Mark Porter studied at University College, Oxford and King’s College, London before completing his doctorate in ethnomusicology at City University, London in 2014. His recent work focuses on the relationship between individuals’ musical experiences in a Contemporary Worship Music environment and their musical activities and backgrounds outside of this context. He is co-founder of the biennial Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives conference, and has recently published on the development of Christian congregational music as a field of study. His first monograph 'Contemporary Worship Music and Everyday Musical Lives' is due to be published by Ashgate in 2016.