Marc Harris Music
Marc's fascination and engagement with music stems back to the concerts he was taken to as a small child. He was keen to play the piano from a very young age, and continued to play in bars and restaurants through university and beyond. He brings a lifetime of ranging musical interests to his own compositions, and these references ripple throughout all his works.
Time to compose was an unexpected gift from the dark heart of lockdown; having dedicated his working life to running a successful safari business, he had had little time for much else, but continued playing keyboards for a number of different bands around town. When COVID struck Marc suddenly found time to write the music he had been dreaming of for decades. With the office to himself & with nothing but a couple of keyboards and no one but speakers for company, the music began to flow...
With invaluable guidance and advice from his mentor, Jo Reeves, Marc began developing and expanding his musical ambitions. From a small score the work became a fully-conceived symphony for a full orchestra and 2 dozen singers; Symphony No.1 - Shifting Sands. Jo gathered musicians from the Guildhall and Royal College of Music to perform the work in London to great acclaim in June 2021, and Marc went on to record a version with the Northern Film Orchestra later that year.
Symphony No.1 - Shifting Sands won 2nd prize at the 2022 Petrichor International Music Competition.
Marc is currently working on his second symphony, co-written with Jo, and this will be performed live in London in June 2023. Meanwhile, Marc continues to play a heady mix of Latin, Funk and Blues on keyboards. He has played for a huge number of different bands over the years, and particularly enjoys gigging with his own band, Patchwork.
He holds an MA from University of Cambridge and is an associate of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub.
He lives in Southwest London with his wife Annie, 2 children and arguably too many keyboards...
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CATALOGUE OF WORKS
Symphony No. 1 'Shifting Sands'
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Shifting Sands is a classical symphony for the new millennium, conceived during the darkest days of the pandemic. As the dust settles and the world seeks balance again, this music continues to spin us from the shifting sands of Arabia to the endless plains of the Serengeti, the wild steppes of Asia to the rainforests of Central and South America, howling back in rage at the powers of creation.
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A work for strings, choir, and organ.
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New Dawn is a work of hope following on from the symphonic expressions of Shifting Sands. This is music that seeks to explore the possibilities for life born anew as the darkness lifts and the landscape reforms under us. The art of this work is to convey how heartfelt, artistic expressions of music may guide us back to a point of stability and promise, and bring hope in the world to come.
Premier in St Mary's Church, London SW15 on July 2nd 2023
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The CD will be available shortly after
NEW DAWN, St Mary's Church June 2022
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Tel (UK): +44 (0) 7734 159588