What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Finding the right words, putting them in the right order.
The most inspiring composer:
Webern. For his vision, his faith, his conviction. The pure poetry of his music.
The first piece of music you fell in love with:
Ionisation by Varèse. An explosive first encounter. The aftershocks are still with me.
What makes a “perfect” concert?
The feeling that something deep inside you has changed. This might last a few seconds, or it may last a few days. But sometimes (rarely), this feeling stays.
Which are your Desert Island Discs?
Rather than any recordings, let me take a recorder to this desert island instead.
Mark Parker was born in Lancashire and attended Harvard University, where he studied Music.
Before joining the MCO in August 2019, Mark worked for the London Symphony Orchestra and at Southbank Centre.
He writes regularly about music for organisations across the UK and, in a former life, played the drums.