Upcoming events:

  • Fri

    NSSSE Evening Concert

  • Mon

    Adult Dance Recital

  • Sun

    School of Dance Final Recitals

    1:00 & 4:00pm
Palmer, Christopher 2017-05-17T19:32:51+00:00

Christopher Palmer


Christopher Palmer was born in The Hague, Netherlands, of Canadian parents, and grew up in London, England. He studied bassoon at the Royal College of Music in London. After finishing college, he moved to Scotland, where he played engagements with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and other groups. After a few months he moved to Kelowna, B.C., to play principal bassoon in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. During his five years there, he was also busy with chamber music, solo recitals, teaching, accompanying, and conducting and coaching junior ensembles around the Okanagan Valley. He also played engagements with the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. He then moved to Ottawa to further his studies, and played engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he was a finalist in the International Stepping-Stone competition, held in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The following year he was offered the second bassoon position with Symphony Nova Scotia, and he has lived there ever since. As well as his work in the woodwind section, he has performed as a soloist with SNS, has given solo recitals, plays chamber music, teaches, and coaches with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He plays organ at his church (where he serves in other callings, too), and plays jazz piano, he has conducted the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra and Nova Sinfonia. He is also active as a composer and arranger, and writes for Symphony Nova Scotia, the Blue Engine String Quartet, Rhapsody Quintet and many other groups and artists. His “Ships and Flags: a 2012 Overture”, a CBC commission, was performed at the Tall Ships festival that year. A new work “Halifax: December Sixth, 1917”, commissioned by the Halifax Camerata Singers, commemorates the Halifax Explosion.