A Bit About Pete
Pete studied at the Royal College of Music, not really sure what life would hold in store for him, but certain that something interesting would come along. Having worked with various groups and orchestras, he was asked to play in a West End show, “The Hunting of the Snark” by Mike Batt. This led to a run of different shows including “Crazy for You” “Martin Guerre” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Lautrec” His first real conducting opportunity came when Jae Alexander (Musical Director) left “Crazy for You”. Paul Maguire took over the position which meant they needed an extra conductor for the show, and he was offered the job. From there he carried on as assistant conductor in the subsequent shows. Through his West End contacts he is also now working with Andy Barnwell fixing bands for shows as well as conducting big concerts and commercial sessions including several with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Raymond Gubbay Ltd.
He is also the Musical Director for Inspiration Choir in Southampton.
On Saturday 12 August, 10 years after its first outing at Meyrick, the brilliant QUEEN Symphonic Spectacular returns! Bringing you all the iconic rock songs performed by Pete Harrison and stars of London’s West End. Songs include Seven Seas of Rhye, Don’ Stop Me Now, Radio Ga Ga, I Want to Break Free, We Are The Champions and of course Bohemian Rhapsody. The Saturday night will also feature the spectacular fireworks, laser, lights and pyrotechnics son et lumière which wowed audiences last summer with its stunning special effects and epic soundtrack.
As part of the BSO Proms in the Park this summer, Inspiration Choir Southampton will be performing as the highlight of the Family Fun Day.
The concert, called ‘Let The Sunshine In’, will be a feel good concert for the height of summer; with songs to bring the sunshine into your heart. Pop classics from the Bee Gees and ELO mix with uplifting spirituals from the Deep South of America. There’s a tropical storm brewing on the island of ‘Bali Hai’ and of course the dawning of the ‘Age Of Aquarius’ where we really do ‘Let The Sunshine In’.
Join us on Tuesday 19th September for Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a movie music spectacular featuring Ji Liu and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pete Harrison.
To celebrate our 25th birthday, this edition of Classic FM Live from the Royal Albert Hall will be a movie music special, featuring a host of classical stars and iconic themes from the silver screen.
The programme includes music from the greatest movie scores of all time, including Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore, Gone with the Wind, The Magnificent Seven, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mission, John Barry’s Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves, plus a special performance by Ji Liu of the Warsaw Concerto from the film Dangerous Moonlight.