Louise Parker

Tutti Viola

Originally from Halifax, West Yorkshire, Louise had violin lessons with the Calderdale Music Service and played with the Calderdale & Yorkshire Youth Orchestras before moving to London to take up a place at Trinity College of Music. She graduated as a violinist and, having started playing viola during her first year, was offered a scholarship for a PGDip on viola with Peter Lewis. Whilst at Trinity, Louise formed the Chimera String Quartet and won the Barbirolli and Student Union Chamber Music Competitions, performing at St Martin-inthe- Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wembley Arena, as well as becoming Principal Viola of St Paul’s Sinfonia.

After graduating with Distinction, Louise spent a year with Southbank Sinfonia before embarking on a freelance career. Trials with the BBC Philharmonic and Opera North soon followed and she toured the world with the Royal Philharmonic. In demand as a Londonbased orchestral player, Louise has sat Principal and Co-Principal Viola with many freelance orchestras, as well as becoming a first-call extra at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and at the CBSO where she has worked regularly since 2011.

Alongside her orchestral work, Louise does film and commercial recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios and teaches at Blackheath High School’s Junior Department. She has become a regular dep for many string quartets, most notably Estilo, and worked for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company and for the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Tour. Louise played in the pre-match build-up to the 2013 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium and has toured and performed with many international artists including Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Julie Andrews and Kylie Minogue.

Louise has enjoyed working as an extra with the CBSO for many years. Highlights include a number of BBC Proms, many European tours and numerous concerts at Symphony Hall. Louise is really looking forward to becoming a member of the CBSO for the forthcoming season.