Michael Harris

Michael Harris

Mr Michael Harris

Lecturer T&R

Biography

Michael Harris has been Organist and Master of the Music of St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, since 1996; he is also a Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University. Prior to moving to Edinburgh he held posts as Sub-Organist of Leeds Parish Church and Assistant Organist of Canterbury Cathedral.

As Organist of St Giles’ Cathedral he hosts many organ concerts on the famous Rieger organ (built in 1992) and his work has involved him in numerous recordings and broadcasts, both for Television and Radio. Under his direction the Cathedral Choir has visited the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.

He has made a number of solo recordings, including two discs released in 2016, a disc of Scottish and French organ music, The Auld Alliance AGD003, and the complete organ sonatas of August Gottfried Ritter for Priory Records PRCD 1162. He has directed the Cathedral Choir in a series of CD recordings, with two recordings, on St Giles’ own label, Aegidius, released in 2014 to critical acclaim.

Michael has given recitals at many venues in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Poland, USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in the UK, where he has played in many of the major venues. He was Music Director of the Scottish Chamber Choir from 1998 to 2010, and is currently director of the a cappella vocal ensemble, Cantica Alba, who have given concerts in Scotland, Germany and Malta, and Denmark.

He is also much involved in organ and choral education. He has led a number of study tours to Germany, with a special interest in the organs of Thüringen and Saxony. His Edinburgh Napier University duties include supervision of final year performance students, and directing the University Chamber Choir.

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The Auld Alliance: Organ music from Scotland and France.

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Harris, M. (2016)
The Auld Alliance: Organ music from Scotland and France.
CD recording of the Rieger organ of St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, performed by Michael Harris, with music from Scottish composers, and composers based in Scotland, as well as...

The complete organ sonatas of August Ritter.

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Harris, M. (2016)
The complete organ sonatas of August Ritter.
CD recording - Priory CD PRCD1162 - of the complete organ sonatas of August Gottfried Ritter (1811-1885) recorded on the Ladegast organ of the Kirche Altleisnig, Polditz, Germ...

Organ Recital Mainzer Dom.

Exhibition / Performance
Harris, M. (2012)
Organ Recital Mainzer Dom. Performed at Mainz, germany. 4 August 2012 - 4 August 2012
Concert performance in 2012 Internationaler Orgelsommer 4 August 2012. Showcase of British music from 19th and 20th centuries. Weitz Fanfare and Gothic March; Handel Organ C...

The Organ Music of William Wolstenholme.

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Harris, M. (2011)
The Organ Music of William Wolstenholme.
A recording of selected organ works, issued by Priory Records, much of which was previously unrecorded, of the Blackburn-born English organist composer William Wolstenholme (1...

Hail, gladdening light: Anthems from St Giles'.

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Harris, M. (2010)
Hail, gladdening light: Anthems from St Giles'.
This disc, recorded by St Giles’ Cathedral Choir directed by Michael Harris, features a recording of God of the Moon by Sally Beamish, commissioned by me in 2009 with funds fr...

Great European Organs No 75.

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Harris, M. (2007)
Great European Organs No 75.
Michael Harris plays the organ of St Peter's Church, Wandersleben, Germany. This disc, issued by Priory Records, PRCD 1001, explores repertory from the early years of Bach’s l...

Concert 1 August 2006 – Rassa.

Exhibition / Performance
Harris, M. (2006)
Concert 1 August 2006 – Rassa. 1 August 2006 - 1 August 2006

Organ Concert 23 September 2005.

Exhibition / Performance
Harris, M. (2005)
Organ Concert 23 September 2005. Performed at Ediburgh, Scotland. 23 September 2005 - 23 September 2015

An Edinburgh celebration.

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Harris, M. (2004)
An Edinburgh celebration.

The organ at St Giles.

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Harris, M. (2002)
The organ at St Giles.