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Harrison Charles - Conductor, Organ

Biography of Harrison Charles:

CHARLES HARRISON is Assistant Director of Music and Sub Organist of Lincoln Cathedral, posts he has held since 2003. At Lincoln, Charles directs the choir of boys and men, and plays for many of the Cathedral’s services. He is also busy as a teacher (of organ, harpsichord, harmony and counterpoint), and as a continuo and orchestral keyboard player. Charles was a chorister and later organ scholar at Southwell Minster, then organ scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in music, and studied organ with the late David Sanger. During his second year at Cambridge, Charles won the Turpin and Durrant prizes for his performance in the Fellowship examinations of the Royal College of Organists. Charles went on to win prizes in the international organ competitions at St Albans and Odense; these successes have led to a busy programme of engagements, including concerts at many of the celebrated venues in Britain, and solo performances in France, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, USA, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Iceland and Poland. Concerto work has included performances with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, both broadcast by the BBC. In 2006, he was invited by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to join them for a recording and broadcast of works by Florent Schmitt. As accompanist and continuo player, Charles has worked with many leading soloists, conductors and ensembles, including Roy Goodman, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Cleobury, the BBC Singers and Andreas Scholl. As a conductor, he has directed some of the foremost period-instrument players and ensembles (including Charivari Agréable) in performances the great baroque oratorios. In 2010, he appeared with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms, playing the mighty organ of the Royal Albert Hall. His solo performances on recent recordings from Lincoln (also on Guild GMCD 7291) have been reviewed as ‘authoritative’, ‘exemplary’ and ‘stunning’. Charles Harrison and David Leigh are friends and colleagues of long standing, and are delighted to collaborate on this recording, which is dedicated to the memory of their teacher and mentor, David Sanger (1947-2010).

CD's with Harrison Charles
Hail Mary

ArtNr. GMCD 7291

O be joyful in the Lord

ArtNr. GMCD 7325

Organ Duets by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Langlais, Tomkins, Carleton, Johnstone, Leighton

ArtNr. GMCD 7368

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