About Pete Harrison

Pete HarrisonPete Harrison is a busy freelance conductor and presenter. He is a regular guest conductor with many orchestras including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra & Manchester Concert Orchestra (for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.) and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra (Novaya Rossiya)

Pete studied at the Royal College of Music going on to follow a busy freelance playing career, including work in the West End where he first started conducting.

He has recently made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra and the Philharmonia as well as the Scottish Concert Orchestra (for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.)

Pete is the Musical Director for Inspiration Choir in Southampton partnered with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who give 3 main concerts a year, all sung from memory.

Studio work includes sessions for film, television and library sessions including regular trips to Prague to work with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at Smecky Music Studios.

Education work includes the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales and various guest sessions with schools and orchestras throughout the UK.

Forthcoming Events

For many people the Inspiration Christmas extravaganza is the start of the festive season. Musical Director Pete Harrison together with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra we will once again bring you the magic of the holiday season in the way only the massed voices of Inspiration can. All your favourite carols – traditional and new – will put you truly in the festive spirit. The programme includes ‘Silent Night’, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘Ding Dong Merrily On High’, ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’, plus many more festive favourites.

“Christmas at the Movies” with The Philharmonia Orchestra

Date: Dec 16, 2018

Time: 15.00

Location: Royal Festival Hall

Don’t stay Home Alone this Christmas. Join Conductor and presenter Pete Harrison and the Philharmonia for a magical afternoon of Christmas treats at this concert of timeless classics stuffed full of great music from your favourite festive films.

Includes;

  • Home Alone
  • The Polar Express
  • Love Actually
  • Harry Potter
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • White Christmas
  • The Snowman

 

Kick off Christmas with a fun-packed concert for all the family, featuring classics old and new, all wrapped up with a sprinkling of magic and sparkle. A rollercoaster of seasonal favourites includes Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow Let it Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and much, much more!

The BSO will be joined by conductor Pete Harrison and West End and Broadway star Michael Xavier who will be singing songs from the shows including Sunset Boulevard and selections from Disney and Rodgers & Hammerstein. BSO favourite Ron Goodwin will also be featured with some of his most enjoyable medleys and arrangements.

Michael is an award-winning and two-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated actor who recently starred on Broadway as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close and then in Prince Of Broadway on Broadway.

Michael is currently filming the role of Dr Steph Belcombe in Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack for BBC/HBO.

West End & UK productions include starring roles in Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close (Won Best Actor Broadway World Award), Love Story (Olivier award nomination – Best Actor In A Musical), Into The Woods (Olivier award nomination – Best Supporting Performance In A Musical), Shakespeare’s The Wars of the Roses, Show Boat, The Phantom of the Opera, Assassins, The Pajama Game, Spamalot!, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Pageant, Soho Cinders, Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly!, Wonderful Town, Oklahoma!, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon and The Mikado. TV / Film roles include: Never Let Go and Gnomeland.

Michael co-hosted the Olivier Awards Piazza Stage event in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Kick off Christmas with a fun-packed concert for all the family, featuring classics old and new, all wrapped up with a sprinkling of magic and sparkle. A rollercoaster of seasonal favourites includes Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow Let it Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and much, much more!

The BSO will be joined by conductor Pete Harrison and West End and Broadway star Michael Xavier who will be singing songs from the shows including Sunset Boulevard and selections from Disney and Rodgers & Hammerstein. BSO favourite Ron Goodwin will also be featured with some of his most enjoyable medleys and arrangements.

Michael is an award-winning and two-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated actor who recently starred on Broadway as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close and then in Prince Of Broadway on Broadway.

Michael is currently filming the role of Dr Steph Belcombe in Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack for BBC/HBO.

West End & UK productions include starring roles in Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close (Won Best Actor Broadway World Award), Love Story (Olivier award nomination – Best Actor In A Musical), Into The Woods (Olivier award nomination – Best Supporting Performance In A Musical), Shakespeare’s The Wars of the Roses, Show Boat, The Phantom of the Opera, Assassins, The Pajama Game, Spamalot!, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Pageant, Soho Cinders, Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly!, Wonderful Town, Oklahoma!, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon and The Mikado. TV / Film roles include: Never Let Go and Gnomeland.

Michael co-hosted the Olivier Awards Piazza Stage event in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Christmas Spectacular with the Scottish Concert Orchestra

Date: Dec 21, 2018

Time: 19:30

Location: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Christmas Spectacular is a cracker of a show with music, dance, lights, spectacle and a snow-filled finale. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will spring to life with high kicks, festive fun and special effects plus all the trimmings in the company of a full show band, West End vocalists and our all-star Jingle Belle Dancers.

Join in with toe-tapping tunes and sing along to seasonal songs including Merry Christmas Everyone, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Merry Christmas Everybody and many more… It’s the ultimate, unmissable Christmas party.

Merry Christmas Everyone
Winter Wonderland
Jingle Bell Rock
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday
Sleigh Ride
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Merry Christmas Everybody
All I Want for Christmas Is You
We Need a Little Christmas
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Alison Jiear guest singer
Nadim Naaman guest singer
Pete Harrison conductor
Jingle Belle Dancers
The Consort of Voices
Scottish Concert Orchestra

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