Robert Parker - Horn
Originally from Bath, Robert is a Graduate and Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, London. He studied horn with John Burden, former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and also a top session player - the John Burden Horn Quartet can be heard at the start of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album!
Robert has appeared as a soloist on many occasions performing concerti by Mozart, Haydn, Telemann, Schumann and Richard Strauss, and also Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Nottingham Bach Choir, conducted by Paul Hale. Robert has had music written specially for him: he premièred Andy Evans' Horn Concerto in 2009 with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and Derek Williams at the Albert Hall, Nottingham. He then played the horn obbligato part in A Celebration of Psalms, a new choral work composed in 2013 by David Machell, who has now written a Horn Concerto for him which will receive its first performance at St Mary's Church, High Pavement, Nottingham on Saturday 7th July 2018 with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this, Robert will be performing Mozart's Horn Concerto K447 on Sunday 25th March at Worksop College.
As a busy freelance musician, Robert plays principal horn with numerous professional orchestras, including the English Pro Musica, the National Festival Orchestra and the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra, and has been a member of the Southwell Festival Sinfonia since its inception in 2014, under the inspirational baton of artistic director Marcus Farnsworth. Robert enjoys chamber music, performing with the Hough Ensemble (a piano and wind group) and he regularly gives horn and piano recitals with Antony Clare.