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Charles Harrision, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral, will be the next recitalist in Westbourne Parish Church's organ concert series.
Charles directs the Cathedral choir of boys and men, which sings eight services each week, broadcasts frequently on national radio and makes regular tours abroad.
The 75-minutes recital in the beautiful setting of the ancient St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne will take place on Sunday 16 September 2018. It will feature music by Bach, Mozart, Bonnet and Gigout.
> Book your ticket online (Eventbrite)
Charles was organ scholar of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge, where he took a degree in music and studied organ with 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.
His 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. In 2011, Charles released a CD featuring organ duets with David Leigh, recorded at Lincoln Cathedral and distributed by Guild Records.
> Charles Harrison interview on BBC Sussex Radio
> The recital programme
> Help us promote the recital by displaying a poster - Charles Harrison at Westbourne (PDF)
The Church’s Director of Music Stewart Taylor warmly welcomes people to attend from nearby villages and further afield. He said: "We are fortunate at St John the Baptist Church to have a quite exceptional organ – certainly one of the best in West Sussex and a fine example of just how good a modern pipe organ can be. Its responsiveness and broad range of tone colours encourage artistic playing and make it suitable for organ music of all periods."
> Discover more about the organ at Westbourne, West Sussex
Proceeds from this recital go to St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne, registered charity number 1130732.