Chris Parsons

Director, Eboracum Baroque

 

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).

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 London Handel Festival. 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.

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 and July 2016 he prepared them for performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment of Handel’s Coronation Anthems as part of the Watercycle education project and an abridged concert performance of Purcell’s King Arthur.