Mark Hartt-Palmer studied violin with Frances Mason at the Royal College of Music. Solo performances have included the concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Sibelius, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Elgar. He gave the Canadian premiere of the Coleridge-Taylor concerto with the Divertimento Orchestra in Ottawa in April 2008.
Mark has given numerous recitals in the UK and Europe; performances have included rare repertoire for violin and organ as well as lesser-known sonatas by English composers including Stanford and Parry.
Musick to Heare is soprano Olivia Hunt's debut solo recording, and showcases a wide range of sacred and secular song throughout the ages.
John Hosking accompanies on three rather striking instruments: an Italian replica harpsichord built by Goble, the Hill, Norman & Beard organ designed by George Guest and William Mathias at Bangor University, and a Steinway concert grand. Olivia's naturally pure yet colourful tone shines throughout this recording, bringing a new lease of life to the later repertoire. Her effortless upper range and rich lower range make this essential listening. More >>
A beautiful and mood-filled programme of modern English, French and American art songs, this recording includes song cycles from Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc and Michael Tippett, as well as Herbert Howells' masterpiece King David. Also featured is the world premiere recording of White Bee, a song by the award-winning contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall. More >>