Friday, 9 October 2020

Introducing Poem No. 1 by Jan Harris

Poem No. 1 for large-orchestra by Essex-born composer Jan Harris has been broadcast on BBC Introducing and was performed by the Andover Light Orchestra (in an arrangement to suit the instruments available). Harris' Poem No. 2 was due to be premiered this year, but that performance has been cancelled and the work will be premiered in 2021 by Westmorland Youth Orchestra.

Jan Harris is largely self-taught as a composer, though he acknowledges invaluable help from Kevin Riley (of Andover Light Orchestra), and his background includes writing and playing in a folk/rock project and performing keyboards in a Pink Floyd tribute act. His earliest memories of music at junior school are of disliking it, and it was only hearing the Canadian rock band Rush that helped transform things, along with hearing Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

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