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John Harle

ss, sax, as, *1956 GB, Newcastle upon Tyne
Musician / Composer / Producer / Conductor of Classical

John Harle (born 20 September 1956, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is an English saxophonist (originally a clarinettist), composer, conductor, musical director and producer for artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Moondog (2), Ute Lemper and Lesley Garrett. He is an eclectic musician intermingling the genres of jazz, rock, classical music, electronics and opera. He has had over twenty five concerti written for him, by composers such as John Tavener, Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Michael Torke and Harrison Birtwistle. He also has written about 35 concert works and over 40 film and television scores.

  • Soprano sax
  • Saxophone
  • Alto sax
  • Keyboards
  • Guitar
  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack

Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Richard Rodney Bennett Saxophone ConcertoJohn Harle, Scott Stroman, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Scott Dunn, London Sinfonietta, Lothar Zagrosek, Trish Clowes, Mike Walker, Gwilym Simcock, Calum Gourlay, James Maddren, Clark Rundell2018Album
The Tyburn Tree (Dark London)John Harle, Marc Almond2014Album
Art MusicJohn Harle2013Album
The Ship - Music From The BBC Television SeriesJohn Harle2002Album
London LandmarksJohn Harle2002Album
Total Eclipse • AgraphonJohn Tavener - Patricia Rozario • John Harle, The Academy Of Ancient Music, Paul Goodwin2001Album
A Finer TruthJames Whitbourn, The Choir Of Clare College, John Harle, Robert Tear, Timothy Brown2001Album
Instrumental And Orchestral WorksHeitor Villa-Lobos : Cristina Ortiz, John Harle, Angel Romero, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Jesús López-Cobos1998Compil.
Saxophone ConcertosClaude Debussy, Heitor Villa-Lobos & Jacques Ibert / John Harle, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner1997Compil.
Terror And MagnificenceJohn Harle Featuring Elvis Costello, Sarah Leonard & Andy Sheppard1996Album
Earth Dances • PanicHarrison Birtwistle, The Cleveland Orchestra / Christoph von Dohnányi • John Harle / Paul Clarvis / Andrew Davis / BBC Symphony Orchestra1996Album
John Harle's Saxophone SongbookJohn Harle, John Lenehan, Sarah Leonard, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff, Chick Corea, John Dowland, Guillaume de Machaut, Sergei Prokofiev, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Nyman1995Album
Sax DriveJohn Harle1995Album
Defining Dahl (The Music Of Ingolf Dahl)Ingolf Dahl - John Harle, New World Brass, New World Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas1995Album
The Shadow Of The DukeJohn Harle1994Album
The Shadow Of The DukeJohn Harle1993Album
Michael Nyman: Where The Bees Dance / Gavin Bryars: The Green Ray / Mike Westbrook: Bean Rows And Blues ShotsJohn Harle1992Album
Saxophone ConcertosJohn Harle, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner - Claude Debussy, Alexander Glazunov, Jacques Ibert, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Richard Rodney Bennett, Dave Heath1991Album
John Harle's Saxophone RecordJohn Harle, John Lenehan1987Album
HabaneraJohn Harle1987Album
Songs Of Earth And Alchemy - The John Harle CollectionJohn HarleCompil.
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