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Nicholas Hare


Nicholas Hare

Nicholas Hare was born in 1940 to keen amateur musicians, and his first musical experiences were probably in the womb! He was a chorister (head chorister in 1954) at St George's Chapel, Windsor, under Dr William Harris; he was fortunate to be in the choir for three major Royal services: the funerals of Queen Mary and George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953. In 1954 he won a music scholarship to Marlborough College, Wiltshire, where he studied piano, organ and violin, and in 1959 was awarded a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

For a short period at the Royal College of Music in London, he studied harmony and counterpoint with Dr Sydney Watson and organ with George Thalben-Ball, obtaining the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists in 1960. In October of that year he finally took up his place at Oxford, continuing his studies with Dr Watson, and obtained 1st Class Honours in 1963. Alongside his academic work he sang with numerous student groups, particularly the Schola Cantorum, and deputised in New College Choir and the Clerkes of Oxenford. The next few years were spent working for a B Mus, which sadly did not come to fruition, followed by research on the compositional technique of the early 16th century composer John Taverner and his contemporaries, supervised by Frank Ll. Harrison.

From 1968-1978 he served as Assistant Director and then Director of Music at Cheltenham College Junior, the prep school to Cheltenham College, where he gained experience working with choirs and orchestras, making numerous arrangements for the motley instrumental groups. From 1971-1979 he directed Music Vera chamber choir in Cheltenham, covering a wide range of repertoire from the 16th to 20th centuries, culminating in a performance of Bach's St John Passion in 1979.

At Chester's he worked on numerous projects ranging from the Chester Books of Motets and Madrigals to editing new works by living composers such as Lennox Berkeley, Geoffrey Burgon, Magnus Lindberg, Witold Lutoslawski, Peter Maxwell Davies, Michael Nyman and Kevin Volans, overseeing the production of new scores and orchestral material for many first performances. He oversaw the production of new editions of established works by Manuel de Falla, Igor Stravinsky, Lennox Berkeley and others. By contrast he was closely involved in many educational projects, contributing arrangements of his own as listed on this website.

Work on Chester projects continued apace, and was expanded by similar editorial and arranging work for Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes, Trinity College London the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and others.

Songbooks and Collections (See Individual Arrangements)

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Nicholas Hare : Ladies Barbershop Book : SSAA : 01 Songbook :  : 884088611118 : 0853607877 : 14041462

Nicholas Hare : Ladies Barbershop Book

Review: 'Ladies Barbershop Book' offers unaccompanied arrangements of a variety of well-loved songs, from the 1920's to the 1970's. Performances should work equally well with choirs or just four voices. Arranged by Nicholas Hare for SSAA. Helpful performance notes are included for each of the songs, and the arrangements are notated on two staves for easy piano rehearsal.

Songlist: Big Spender, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, Do You Want To Know A Secret?, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), He Was Beautiful (Cavatina), I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Sailing, Summertime, The Sound Of Silence, Tonight, We'll Meet Again

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7241b | Songbook $14.95 | SSAA add item to cart Sweet Adelines Music

Nicholas Hare : Novello Barbershop Songbook : TTBB : 01 Songbook :  : 884088671181 : 0711930139 : 14037592

Nicholas Hare : Novello Barbershop Songbook

Review: The new-style Barbershop and close harmony songbook featuring twelve all-time great songs newly arranged in modern style for TTBB groups and choirs. Renowned vocal arranger Nicholas Hare has added helpful performance notes. From classics to pop hits these favourite songs include 'Angel Eyes', 'The Girl From Ipanema', 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and 'Whispering Grass'.

Songlist: Angel Eyes, Eleanor Rigby, Maria, Satin Doll, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, The Girl From Ipanema, Uptown Girl, Wake Up Little Susie, What I Did For Love, When I'm Sixty-Four, Whispering Grass, Yesterday

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7240b | Songbook $16.95 | TTBB add item to cart Barbershop Arrangements

Individual Arrangements (See Songbooks and Collections)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistItem TitleFormatTrax
I Dreamed a DreamNicholas HareClaude-Michel SchonbergNicholas HareI Dreamed a DreamSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
I'm Beginning to See the LightNicholas HareDuke EllingtonNicholas HareI'm Beginning to See the LightSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Ol' Man RiverNicholas HareJerome KernNicholas HareOl' Man RiverSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS