Sunday 18th March 2018
St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX
Pre-concert talk with the Soloist and Conductor starting at 6:30pm
Concert Starts at 7:30pm
Conductor - Chris Clark
Leader - Jon Henderson
Soloist - Hayley Parkes
Brahms - Tragic Overture
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.4
Schumann - Symphony No.3
The Salford Symphony Orchestra
Chris Clark has a diverse career internationally as both a trumpet player and a conductor. Originally from New Zealand, he graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016 with a Master of Music (Distinction) under Murray Greig. He also holds degrees in Music from the New Zealand School of Music and the University of British Columbia.
Chris was awarded the 2012/2013 Pettman DARE International Performance Scholarship, undertaking a fully-funded professional development programme at Opera North, University of Leeds & New Zealand Opera. As a trumpet player, Chris has performed internationally with the Orchestra of Opera North, The Hallé, Welsh National Opera, Black Dyke Brass Band and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Aspiring to create community through music, Chris received an endorsement from Arts Council England in 2017, enabling him to return to the U.K. to pursue his career.
Having first been invited to conduct the Salford Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Chris is thrilled to be directing tonight’s performance.
Chris is very grateful to be the recipient of RNCM Scholarship and Bursary Awards, the Pettman DARE International Performance Scholarship and Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award, and would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the Waverley Fund, Philip and Dianne Pattison, James Wallace Arts Trust, Adam Foundation, Todd Trust and Lion Foundation.
As an alumna of the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music, Hayley is an active performer, playing across the country as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and collaborator. Appearances include solo performances at the Bridgewater Hall, The Sage, Gateshead and on BBC Radio 3 and well as performances at BBC Proms and at the Royal Festival Hall.
As a competition participant she performed in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Category Final, won first prize at the Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition and was a prize winner at the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition 2017. She is also the recipient of various awards including The Vernon Farley Piano Prize, The Peter Donohoe Prize plus The Marjorie Pennington Prize and The James Oncken Song Prize for Accompanist. As an orchestral pianist Hayley has appeared at prestigious venues across the country under Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Paul Mann, Gábor Tákacs-Nagy & En Shao.
After her concerto debut with with Northern Chamber Orchestra in 2013, she has since appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the North. She has also performed for many prestigious musicians including Kathryn Stott, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Philippe Cassard, Robert Levin and Martin Roscoe.
Since 2015 Hayley has held posts at both Northern Ballet and The Royal Ballet School as an Associate Pianist. She has also had the privilege of appearing as a guest artist and speaker at Thinking Digital, The Sage, TEDx Liverpool, Manchester and WhitehallWomen at the Foreign Office. In 2017 she was named on the Futures List for Northern Power Women UK.
As an advocate for Arts Education she has delivered various outreach projects around the UK focusing on live music access and connections between different Art forms - all as a recipient of funding from The Arts Council and The Leverhulme Trust.
Thanks to the generous support from The Helen Mackanass Award, The Clayton Family and as a Supported Artist with Yamaha Music Group Europe, Hayley obtained her degree with First Class Honours from a 3 year intensive BMus at the RNCM. In 2017 she was the Student Union President at the RNCM during which time she founded the RNCM Film Orchestra. In July 2017 Hayley hosted the first TEDxRNCM conference and became the first recipient of the Sir John Manduell Entrepreneurship Award.
Hayley studied with Miss Dina Parakhina Masters Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma (Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire).