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Harrison Cole (OI 2016-18) Takes a Leading Role in Choir Performance

Harrison Cole (OI 2016-18) has played a key role in a professional video production from The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge of Duruflé's Requiem, recorded at St. Eustache Church, Paris.
28 Feb 2023
Alumni News

The conductor was Stephen Layton and Harrison Cole played the organ. The vocal soloists were Katherine Gregory, mezzo-soprano, and Florian Störtz, baritone; Myrtille Hetzel was the cellist. Harrison said, "I was very fortunate to take part in this totally one-off opportunity to record and film Duruflé’s Requiem, a long acknowledged masterpiece of the choral repertoire and one renowned for the virtuosity of its organ accompaniment. The grandeur and opulence of St. Eustache, the church we filmed in, located right in the heart of Paris, was perfect for both the music making and the film, and many beautiful shots of the church, as well as shots of the performers, feature during the film. The large organ at St. Eustache was the ideal instrument to play for this recording, equipped with one hundred and one stops and five manuals, which made the whole thing sound positively orchestral, and which was able to create an infinite variety of sounds, from the subtlest to the loudest. There was also a moveable downstairs console for the organ, which meant that I could play in the same place as the choir!"

Presently Associate Organist in residence at Trinity College Cambridge, Harrison is in his fourth year studying for a masters in music, and assisting the Director of Music and Clergy.  He attended Ipswich School as a music scholar for Sixth Form, and for three years went to the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, where he studied organ, continuo, and conducting. From 2018-2019, Harrison was Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, where he accompanied the Cathedral Choir for daily Evensong, special services and premiers of new music; he also assisted in the training of choristers. As an accompanist and chamber musician, Harrison enjoys a varied schedule of playing with instrumentalists, singers and choirs, and has played in a variety of venues across the country and Europe. When he graduates from Trinity Harrison intends being a professional organist.

To watch the recording which is A Classical Films Production go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Wx87CtFPQ

 

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