Julius Harrison

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Born: 1885

Died: 1963


Julius Allen Greenway Harrison was born in Lower Mitton, Stourport in Worcestershire, England, to a musical family. His father was conductor of the Stourport Glee Union, and his mother was his first piano teacher. He was educated at a dame school in Stourport, and at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Hartlebury. He later took organ and violin lessons from the organist of Wilden parish church, and sang in the church choir. At 16, he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Areley Kings Church, and at 21, of Hartlebury Church. He studied conducting under Granville Bantock at the Birmingham and Midland Institute of Music. He took a job in London with the Orchestrelle Company, a manufacturer of rolls for player-pianos, conducted amateur ensembles, and was organist of the Union Chapel, Islington. He became a successful conductor and coach, including positions with the Handel Society, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the British National Opera Company, the Beecham Opera Company, the Scottish Orchestra, the Bradford Permanent Orchestra, the Hastings Municipal Orchestra, the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, and the BBC Northern Orchestra in Manchester. He also held teaching positions, including the directorship of opera at the Royal Academy of Music, was professor of composition at the RAM, and was director of music at Malvern College. He died in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. His compositions include numerous pieces in a variety of genres.

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