Charles Harrison

A lunchtime concert by Chichester Cathedral's Organist and Master of the Choristers, Mr Charles Harrison
Tuesday 15th February 2022 at 1.10pm

Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 532, by J S Bach 11.30
Fantasia and Toccata, by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Le Berger d’Ahusquy (from Paysages Euskariens) by Ermend Bonnal
Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, by Maurice Duruflé

Charles Harrison is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral, where he directs the choir of boys and men, which sings eight services each week, broadcasts frequently on national radio and makes regular tours abroad.

Charles was organ scholar of Jesus College in the University of Cambridge, where he took a degree in music, and studied organ with the late David Sanger. During his second year at Cambridge, Charles won prizes for his performance in the Fellowship examinations of the Royal College of Organists. He 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. In 2010, he appeared with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms, playing the mighty organ of the Royal Albert Hall. With David Leigh, Charles released a disc of music for organ duet, recorded at Lincoln Cathedral, and distributed by Guild Records.

Chichester Cathedral's Lunchtime Concert series is self-supporting, and thrives through the generosity of its audiences. While there is no charge for admission, we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per person, with Gift Aid applied if possible.