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Mr Harvey Brough is a Turner Sims Professor of Music at the University of Southampton.

Harvey Brough here. I’m a composer and musician, happy to have been the Turner Sims Professor of Music for the last two years. I run the ‘University of Southampton Voices’ (USV) – the community choir of the University, which is open to all without audition.

We have a mixture of staff and students in the choir. Some mainly read music, others learn by ear from audio aids that I provide; most of us are somewhere in the middle. USV have given two or three reasonably ambitious concerts: one of Songs of Spanish Exile, and one telling the amazing story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers using the spirituals that they sang all around the world, including to Queen Victoria in 1873. It’s a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of people who love to sing and have enjoyed performing some challenging material with world class players and soloists.

As a musician and composer I relish these kinds of projects, in which complete beginners rub shoulders with experienced singers and professional musicians. All my life I’ve worked in classical, jazz, folk and world genres, and love to combine them in different projects; I believe that music should bring people together, young and old, and from different disciplines, both professional and non-professional. Everybody brings different talents and qualities to a choir. I welcome them all.

I will also be teaching over the next academic year. Please contact me directly if you have a special interest that I might be able to help with, or about USV.

Harvey Brough is one of the UK’s most accomplished and diverse musicians. He is unique in his ability to work with the finest professional musicians as well as complete beginners, including adults and children – often side by side. Many of his compositions bring these forces together with remarkable results. He had been promoting Community music for many years before it became a popular movement.

Harvey sang as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral before studying at the Royal Academy of Music and Clare College, Cambridge. Since then he has worked as a freelance performer, arranger, conductor, producer and composer, first achieving international success in the 1980s with Harvey and the Wallbangers – the ensemble recording five albums, one with Simon Rattle.

His compositions have been performed at the Barbican, the Royal Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Union Chapel, Kings Place, Turner Sims, Usher Hall (Edinburgh), and many other venues in the UK. His film, TV and theatre credits include: Co-Producer and Arranger with Jocelyn Pook on the scores for Merchant of Venice and Eyes Wide Shut; Composer for a BBC2 ten-part series, In a Land of Plenty; Musical Director and Composer for Rebecca Lenkiewicz's Her Naked Skin, written for the Olivier Stage, National Theatre, London. Other compositions include: Requiem in Blue (1999), which won the Andrew Milne prize (Arts Council UK); Valete in Pace for three choirs and orchestra (2004), a piece commissioned by the cities of Caen and Portsmouth for the 60th anniversary of D-Day; A Fairy Dream (2009), an operatic fragment based on 5 movements from Purcell’s Fairy Queen for two choirs of children, soloists, choir and baroque orchestra, first performed at the Barbican, London; Beached, an opera written with librettist Lee Hall, which was commissioned and premiered in 2011 by Opera North.

For the last five years, Harvey has been a composer in residence and patron of VOX HOLLOWAY (VH), co-directing their concerts with VH’s founder Justin Butcher. They have presented a regular series of innovative concerts, occasionally including staples of the choral repertoire, but mostly creating new, eclectic programmes. In September 2012 Harvey was appointed as Turner Sims Professor of Music at the University of Southampton, where he established a new university community choir (the University of Southampton Voices), and taught and performed with students in concerts and workshops at the University. This post has been extended and he is now also an Associate Professor in Music. Harvey has recently been asked to arrange and produce Nigel Kennedy's next album.

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