07 November 2023, 18:00 – 19:00

Parker Ramsay: Music for Solo Harp

Parker Ramsay
  • LocationWongAvery Music Gallery, Trinity Hall
  • CostFree. Seating is limited and must be booked in advance.
  • Booking closing dateTuesday, 07 November 2023 12:00pm
  • Event typeConcert

For the second of our professional concerts this academic year the acclaimed harpist, Parker Ramsay, presents a colourful programme, juxtaposing works from the Renaissance with those from the 20th century.


Music for solo harp by Alonso Mudarra, Josquin des Prez, Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Tomaso di Maio, Paul Hindemith, Marcel Grandjani, and Benjamin Britten.


Parker Ramsay (Harp)

Parker Ramsay’s career, unique in its integration of contemporary music and historical performance, defies easy categorization. Equally at home on modern and period harps, he pursues his passions in tackling new and underperformed works and bringing his instrument to new audiences. Recent and upcoming performances include solo performances at Alice Tully Hall, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Phillips Collection, Cal Performances, Shriver Hall, IRCAM, King’s College, Cambridge, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the Center for the Art of Performing at UCLA. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was praised as “remarkably special” (Gramophone), “nuanced and insightful” (BBC Music Magazine), “relentlessly beautiful” (WQXR), and “marked by a keen musical intelligence” (Wall Street Journal). His last album, released in October 2022, features The Street, a new concert-length work for solo harp and text by Nico Muhly and Alice Goodman, which will tour with Mark Morris Dance Company in 2024.

He has also collaborated with composers such as Marcos Balter, Saad Haddad, Josh Levine, Jared Miller, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Alongside gambist Arnie Tanimoto, Parker is co-director of A Golden Wire, a period instrument ensemble based in New York. As an organist, he has performed at Washington National Cathedral, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, St Thomas Church, 5th Avenue, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has presented talks, performances and lectures on period instruments at the Smithsonian Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been published in VAN MagazineEarly Music America Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Raised in Tennessee, Parker began harp studies with his mother, Carol McClure. He served as organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, before pursuing graduate studies at Oberlin at Juilliard. He has studied with Isabelle Perrin, Sivan Magen, and Nancy Allen. In 2014, he was awarded First Prize at the Sweelinck International Organ Competition. He lives in Paris.

Booking and cost

Admission is free but seating is limited and must be booked in advance. Tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Once you have booked your seat(s) you will receive a booking confirmation which you will be asked to present on arrival. Please either print a copy or display using a hand-held electronic device. You will not be issued paper tickets.

Please note, if you are not a current member or alum of Trinity Hall, you should book using the ‘non-members’ form.


Please let us know as soon as possible if you find you are no longer able to attend, as we have limited capacity for this event. Please email the office or call +44 (0)1223 332555 at the earliest opportunity.


We like to take photos at our events to use in our digital and print communications. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please let us know in advance or on the day.


The WongAvery Music Gallery, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.

Please visit the Porters’ Lodge on arrival where they will direct you to the venue.


If you have any queries, please contact Rebecca Horner on arts@trinhall.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 332555.