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Richard James Harvey

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~ Introduction & Availability ~

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Introduction and Availability

Richard Harvey is an organist, pianist and composer based on the borders of North London and Hertfordshire.

He is Director of Music at St John’s United Reformed Church in New Barnet and accompanist to Finchley Choral Society

and St Albans Choral Society

He is available for midweek and Saturday services, weddings and funerals, concerts and rehearsals in Hertfordshire, North London and surrounding areas.

Richard Harvey playing "LIEBSTER JESU, WIR SIND HIER'  JS Bach on the Peter Collins organ

St John's United Reformed Church, New Barnet

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Qualifications and Experience 

Richard Harvey G.R.S.M., L.R.A.M.(Org. Perf.), A.R.C.O. is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied organ with Alan Harverson, and harmony & counterpoint with Dr Eric Thiman, winning the Margaret  and Sidney Lovett Prize for church organ accompaniment. He has a wide ranging knowledge of organ recital repertoire, choral repertoire and church music of all styles.

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Finchley Choral Society - March 2016

It [St Pancras Church, Euston] also has a fine auxiliary organ that was played wonderfully by Richard Harvey. The opening phrases of this charming work [Haydn’s Salve Regina] are echoed by the piping organ placed to the side of the small Florian Chamber Orchestra and under the balcony that stretches round three sides of the church.


St Albans Choral Society - November 2019"Harken to the Anthem Glorious" from The Martyrs' Call (2019)

St Albans Choral Society - December 2016

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  • Bach - St John Passion
  • Beethoven - Mass in C
  • Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
  • Brahms - Ein deutsches requiem (piano duet)
  • Britten - St Nicholas; A ceremony of carols
  • Dove - The Passing of the Year
  • Dvorak - Mass in D
  • Faure - Requiem
  • Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine
  • Finzi - Lo, the full final sacrifice
  • Handel - Jephtha; Coronation Anthems
  • Haydn - A little organ mass
  • Jongen - Mass
  • Kodaly - Pange lingua
  • Lambert - The Rio Grande
  • Mozart - Requiem
  • Rosinni - Petite messe solennelle
  • Rutter - Birthday Madrigals
  • PÄ“teris Vasks - Dona nobis pacem
  • Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs; Fantasia on Christmas Carols

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ORGAN REPERTOIRE (pieces by these various composers)

Jehan Alain  ~  Johann Sebastian Bach  ~  Denis Bédard  ~  Jacques Berthier  ~  Judith Bingham  ~  Léon Boëllmann  ~  Alexandre Pierre François Boëly  ~  Johannes Brahms  ~  Frank Bridge  ~  Dieterich Buxtehude  ~  William Byrd  ~  Jeremiah Clarke  ~  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault  ~  Jean-François Dandrieu  ~  Petr Eben  ~  Edward Elgar  ~  César Franck  ~  Orlando Gibbons  ~  Eugène Gigout  ~  Alexandre Guilmant  ~  Georg Friedrich Händel  ~  Paul Hindemith  ~  Herbert Howells  ~  Peter Hurford  ~  John Ireland  ~  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ~  Johann Caspar Kerll  ~  Johann Ludwig Krebs  ~  Jean Langlais  ~  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ~  Franz Liszt  ~  Vincent Lübeck  ~  William Mathias  ~  James MacMillan  ~  Peter Maxwell Davies  ~  Felix Mendelssohn  ~  Olivier Messiaen  ~  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ~  Herbert Murrill  ~  Hubert Parry  ~  Arvo Pärt  ~  Flor Peeters  ~  Henry Purcell  ~  Josef Rheinberger  ~  Christian Ritter  ~  Carl Rütti  ~  Camille Saint-Saëns  ~  Robert Schumann  ~  Charles Villiers Stanford  ~  John Stanley  ~  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  ~  Thomas Tallis  ~  Eric Thiman  ~  Franz Tunder  ~  Johann Gottfried Walther  ~  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ~  Louis Vierne  ~  Ad Wammes  ~  Percy Whitlock  ~  Charles-Marie Widor  ~  Domenico Zipoli

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Richard Harvey is an accomplished composer having won competitions with his music. Please enquire if you would like to see examples of his work.

"The Annunciation" from Vespers (2013)




Everyone Sang

a setting of the poem by Siegfried Sassoon for SATB choir and piano - 1996

Winner of the Stanmore Choral Society’s 30th Anniversary Competion



 a setting of the poem by Christina Rossetti for soprano soloist, SATB choir and strings - 2006

commissioned by Finchley Choral Society


This Endris Night

a carol suite for SATB choir and organ - 2009

commissioned by St Albans Choral Society


On the beach at night

a setting of the poem by Walt Whitman for SSATB choir a cappella - 2011

commissioned by Finchley Choral Society to mark the composer’s 25th anniversary as their accompanist


The Bridge

a cantata for Soprano and baritone soloists, SATB choir and chamber ensemble - 2012

commissioned by St John’s United Reformed Church to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary



for soprano and baritone soloists, SATB choir, strings, harp, horns & chamber organ - 2013

commissioned by St Albans Choral Society


The Martyrs’ Call: 

a cantata in stone - for soprano and baritone soloists, SATB choir, brass, organ, timpani & percussion - 2019

commissioned by the family of the sculptor of the martyrs’ statues installed in St Albans Abbey in 2015

"Harken to the Anthem Glorious" from The Martyrs' Call (2019)



Three Angels Sang

for SATB choir and chamber ensemble or piano - 2000

commissioned by St Albans Choral Society


Away in a manger

for SATB choir and organ or SA with piano - 2001

commissioned by St Albans Choral Society



for SATB choir and piano (or organ) - 2014

Winner of the Crouch End Festival Chorus competition





the story of the bible - 1981

(originally published by Stainer & Bell)


Babylon Tower

a story illustrating the detrimental effect of the high-rise building boom at the end of the 20th century from a Christian perspective - 1984


Oh dear Hosea

a drama with music, based on the story of the prophet. Two characters, narrator and chorus - 1992


A Tale of Three Kings

the biblical story of David & Saul - 1998




Martin the Cobbler

based on the story by Tolstoy - 1989


The Snow Queen

based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen - 2000

commissioned by Lyonsdown School, Barnet for the millennium

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