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Harvey Brough

Nationality: British

Publisher: Chester Music

Harvey Brough started his musical life as a chorister in Coventry Cathedral, and was singing Bach Cantatas and recording Benjamin Britten by the time he was 13. He had great success with his band; Harvey and the Wallbangers who toured the UK and Europe extensively in the late 80's, recording four albums plus one called Jazz on EMI with Simon Rattle. Since then he has worked in many areas in the music business.

Writing and producing film music (Eyes Wide Shut, Merchant of Venice) String Arranging (Soul II Soul, D Influence). Writing material for and producing singers and musicians (Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, Jocelyn Pook).

Brough has worked as a composer for TV, radio and stage and as an arranger and producer in the music business. His credits include CITIZENS (Radio 4), THE WORLD ABOUT US (BBC1), the Alexi Sayle series PARIS (Channel 4), WISE UP (Channel 4), THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESS IN THE WORLD (Bookmark BBC2), HILDEGARD (Omnibus BBC1), HENRY MOORE (Omnibus BBC1), AS YOU LIKE IT (Radio 3) starring Helena Bonham Carter and broadcast on Shakespeare’s birthday in 2000, THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY (Radio 4) and LOOSE ENDS and START THE WEEK for Radio 4.

In 1999 Harvey won the first Andrew Milne prize (Arts Council UK) and wrote Requiem in Blue a piece for two choirs of all ages and his own ensemble made up of musicians he has admired and worked with extensively. Requiem in Blue has been performed some 24 times all over the UK and in Europe. In 2004 Harvey was commissioned to write a piece for three choirs and the London Mozart players to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-day. Valete in Pace was performed twice, once in Normandy (France) and once in Portsmouth (UK), conducted by Andrew Parrott. Last September it was workshopped for a week, then performed, as part of the Lund International Choral festival (Sweden). He has also worked with the fabulous Catalan singer Clara Sanabras on disc and live dates in the UK. Recently Harvey wrote the music for the first staging of Watership Down, which was at the Lyric Hammersmith London as their Christmas Show.

In 2007, he wrote an opera for Opera Genesis at the Royal Opera House II, a piece for 100 performers for the Henley Festival and has toured the world with Natacha Atlas in a new acoustic band as arranger and Musical Director.

Harvey Brough - 2007

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