Harry Sever


Biography

Harry Sever

14 year-old Harry started singing lessons at the age of five, having been ‘spotted’ singing ‘Away in a Manger’ at a school carol concert by soprano and vocal coach, Evelyn Jenkins. He continued to study with Evelyn for three years, until he was awarded a Choral Scholarship to The Pilgrims’ School in Winchester.  Harry went on to be Head Quirister of the Winchester College Chapel Choir, was BBC Choirboy of the Year in 2003 and, in September 2004, took up musical and academic scholarships at Winchester College, where he studies singing with James Ottaway.

Harry has appeared as a soloist numerous times, including recent performances of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Fauré’s Requiem, Hear My Prayer, Bach’s St John Passion (2002) and Bach’s Magnificat (2004), both in Winchester. In addition, he featured in the BBC’s ‘Big Sing’ in London in 2003, and also in ‘Easter Glory’, again for the BBC (Winchester, 2004). Recent performances include as a soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Barbican in London, and singing the role of Miles in Turn of the Screw in Cambridge, as well as First Boy in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of 'The Magic Flute’. Harry and Nadanai regularly give recitals of English song and Lieder in both Winchester and London.

In addition to his concert performances, Harry also has also featured in a number of broadcasts, including BBC Radio 2 ‘Easter Glory’ (April 2004), BBC Radio 3’s Proms series (July 2003), BBC Radio 2’s ‘Sunday Half Hour’ (December 2003 & January, August and December 2004) and BBC Radio 4’s morning services (December 2003). He also took part in Songs of Praise’s Ascension Day programme in May2005, and has appeared live on Czech national television as part of a tour to the country in 2002.

Harry sang at a televised Variety Club’s tribute lunch to Esther Rantzen, OBE, joining Katherine Jenkins as a guest artist and also joined Sir Cliff Richard and Olivia Newton-John in an evening at Hampton Court Palace in aid of the Cliff Richard Tennis Foundation. In March 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall, Harry joined Aled Jones, Russell Watson, Amici Forever, G4 and a host of guest artists in supporting the SOS Children’s Charity concert in aid of child Tsunami victims. He performed alongside Imelda Staunton in the BBC family Christmas concerts in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in December 2005, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and John Wilson.

Harry’s recordings include Something’s Coming by the Winchester College Quiristers (2002), Hear My Prayer by the Winchester College Chapel Choir, on which he is the featured soloist, (2004), Fauré’s Requiem with the Boys Air Choir (2004), and ‘My Own Country’,  a solo album of English songs with pianist Robert Bottone (2005). He was thrilled to be given the opportunity by the late Nicholas Wright, of Tadpole records, to record Die schöne Müllerin, thereby fulfilling a longstanding ambition.

Aside from his singing, Harry’s musical talent extends to the piano and viola and organ; he regularly plays the organ for services at Winchester College Chapel. In addition to this, Harry also enjoys cricket, soccer, tennis, rackets and drama. His other interests include opera, films and travel.

Copyright © 2005 Judy Sever

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