MARK HARTT-PALMER - CONDUCTOR
Mark studied the violin locally with Samuel Coates and subsequently continued under Frances Mason at the Royal College of Music, where he studied violin, viola and piano. Mark is well-known as a soloist, recitalist, arranger and musical director
Solo performances have included the concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Sibelius, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Elgar. He gave one of the first performances of the Coleridge-Taylor concerto by an amateur orchestra in the 2006 Chichester Festivities, and performed the Canadian première of the work with the Divertimento Orchestra in Ottawa in April 2008.
As a recitalist, Mark has played for many years as a duo with Richard Barnes - notable features of their partnership being a recital series in Portsmouth's Menuhin Room, a concert at Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford, and more recently in Temple Church, London, as well as Valletta Cathedral, Malta. As a duo, they specialise in exploring little-known British Romantic repertoire, performing Stanford's 2nd and Parry's 3rd Violin Sonatas as part of the Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Series in 2009. They gave a recital of British violin music in the 2010 Chichester Festivities.
As a Musical Director, Mark has worked with the Petersfield Theatre Group (formerly the Petersfield Operatic Society and Petersfield Hi-Lights) and their performances of Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Merry Widow received critical acclaim. He has also worked with Havant Light Opera, directing a number of Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
As an arranger, Mark has re-orchestrated several Gilbert and Sullivan operas for reduced forces, which have been performed in the UK, the USA and Germany. His reduced orchestration of The Pirates of Penzance was performed by CAOS Musical Productions in 2011. His orchestrations of two Debussy Préludes were played by the CSO in 2006, and his arrangement of Debussy's Suite Bergamasque was performed by the Chichester String Ensemble in 2014 and 2015, played by the Chichester String Ensemble.
Mark is the Artistic Director of Willowhayne Records, an independent classical record label with a growing reputation and several critically acclaimed releases.