Chris Parsons is a conductor, trumpeter and teacher based in the UK. He read Music at the University of York before completing a masters degree in Historical Performance Practice at the Royal College of Music in 2014. During his time at both institutions, Chris was fortunate to participate in many exciting and varied projects in multiple ensembles. His time at York culminated in being awarded the University of York Concerto Competition prize for which he performed Telemann's Trumpet Concerto with the University Baroque Ensemble. At the RCM he appeared as a soloist with the Baroque Ensemble performing Corelli's Trumpet Sonata. Chris also played Principal Trumpet in a series of Bach Cantatas (BWV 119, 51, 110).
Chris works regularly with his own ensemble, Eboracum Baroque. His conducting has been described as ‘quite brilliant' (Planet Hugill). The group has performed all across the UK and Europe, including at the Grimeborn Opera Festival (Handel's Acis and Galatea 2014) and the Ryedale Festival. Some notable performances he has conducted include Handel's Messiah at St John's College, Cambridge and Bach's Magnificat at the Temple Church, London. The group recorded their first CD ‘Music for Wimpole Hall' funded by the National Trust and Arts Council England at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge. It features music that has not been heard for over 300 years by the composer, Thomas Tudway. It was reviewed in ‘The Guardian' as ‘Stylish Choral Singing.' In December 2015 he conducted Handel's Messiah in a tour of Germany with the ensemble with performances in Münster and Hannover. The group have formed a strong relationship with a number of National Trust properties across the UK and have also performed concerts with the Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary which have been particularly successful with younger audiences.
Chris works as a community musician conducting the Thetford Singers, a non-auditioned choir of around 50 voices. They sing a wide range of music and future performances include Mozart's Coronation Mass with orchestra and Zimbe! In May 2015 he prepared them for a performance with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment of Handel's Coronation Anthems as part of the Watercycle education project and later this year will prepare the choir for an abridged version of Purcell's King Arthur again with the OAE in Kings Lynn.
As a Trumpeter, he has performed all across the UK and Europe both as a soloist and as an orchestral player including with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, International Baroque Players and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. As a modern trumpet player, he has appeared with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Ukrainian National Opera (UK Tour). Chris has performed in prestigious venues such as St John's Smith Square, London and the Palace of Versailles. He performed as part of the BBC Proms conducted by Sir Roger Norrington live on BBC Radio 3 in a concert of French Baroque music. Recent solo recitals include trips to Germany and Denmark to perform Naji Hakim's Sonata for Trumpet and Organ with the organist Alex Berry.
He is delighted to be conducting the Bury Friendly Orchestra.
(last updated 20 April 2016)