Martin Palmer - Leader


In 1999 Martin took over the post of leader of the Mid Sussex Sinfonia from his former teacher, Martin Cannings.  He has appeared as soloist with the Sinfonia on many occasions, including several performances of Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and a variety of baroque concertos.  Martin is teacher of violin and viola at his former school, Ardingly College. 

Early in his career Martin worked with, among others, the London Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras with whom he enjoyed performing in all the major concert venues throughout the UK and on European tours.  Martin also played as principal 2nd violin for the National Symphony Orchestra.  Much of Martin’s work over the years has been in the world of theatre and in particular, ballet; initially playing with Russian touring companies and latterly for many years as a 1st violinist with the Orchestra of English National Ballet.  Martin regularly works in London’s West End and has played for shows such as The Braille Legacy, Yank, The Hunting of the Snark and Les Miserable.

As a founder member of the Sussex String Quartet, Martin has recorded music for television commercials, for Universal Music and can be heard on film soundtracks of Five Seconds to Spare and A Dangerous Game.

Martin plays an instrument by Ambroise de Comble, a pupil of Stradivarius, made in the year of Mozart’s birth, 1756.