Mark Hartt-Palmer trained under Frances Mason at the Royal College of Music where he studied violin, viola and piano. He 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 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. They also specialise in little known repertoire for the rare but beautiful combination of violin and organ, most notably the music of composers such as Karg-Elert and Rheinberger.

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.

In partnership with John Balsdon, Willowhayne Records ( was formed in 2013, their first release of organist Keith John recorded in Gloucester Cathedral in 2012 received the Editor's Choice award in the September 2013 edition of Organists' Review. Their second release - a disc comprising mainly piano transcriptions including Earl Wild's Fantasy on Porgy and Bess will be released in early 2014, and a recording of organ music from Cape Town Cathedral is planned to be recorded in May 2014.



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