Mark Hartt-Palmer - ConductorMark 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 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 a duo, they specialise in exploring little-known British Romantic repertoire, recently performing Stanford's 2nd and Parry's 3rd Violin Sonatas as part of the Cathedral Lunchtime Series in February 2009.  They gave a recital of British violin music in the 2010 Chichester Festivities.

Mark has also worked with Richard Barnes' publishing company Cathedral Music, engraving the first publications of Stanford's 2nd Violin Sonata, Boyce's Coronation Anthems and Stanford's 6th Symphony - the latter being performed by the CSO in their Festivities 2008 concert.

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 Penzence was performed by CAOS Musical Productions in 2011.  His orchestrations of two Debussy Preludes were performed by the CSO in 2006, and his arrangement for strings of his Clair de lune was performed by the Chichester Chamber Group in 2011.

Forthcoming performances as soloist with the CSO include Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, as part of their Chichester Festivities 2012 concert.