Inspiration Southampton
Musical Director announced

22 April 2015

Inspiration and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are delighted to announce that the Musical Director for Inspiration Southampton will be Pete Harrison.

Pete Harrison has worked with many top orchestras, as well as working extensively in the West End conducting Crazy for You (Prince Edward Theatre), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Dominion Theatre) and Lautrec (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and Shaftesbury Theatre). Pete was the Musical Director for the Yeovil Operatic Society for several years working on many shows including HMS Pinafore, Gigi and Carousel.

Pete Harrison said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the new Musical Director of Inspiration Southampton. It’s such a great opportunity to carry on the work of the Newcastle and Leeds Inspiration choirs and to open this unique opportunity for everyone in the Southampton area is something very special. The chance to perform a wide range of repertoire with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra three times a year in major venues is truly unique. Anyone can sing and I look forward to having the opportunity to working with you and as part of the Inspiration family.”

Pete will lead Inspiration Southampton’s first summer term, with fun weekly Wednesday rehearsals at Richard Taunton College from 13 May - 15 July 2015, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Pete will prepare the choir over the ten weeks, leading up to their very first large-scale public performance, with the world-class Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the O2 Guildhall Southampton on Sunday 19 July 2015.

Pete will be joined by Gary Griffiths, Inspiration founder, Dougie Scarfe, BSO Chief Executive and 200 choir members from Inspiration Leeds and Newcastle for a Free Singing Day open to the public taking place at the O2 Guildhall Southampton on Sunday 3 May 2015 (registration is required, book either online at, or on 01202 669925). Pete will lead singing sessions with a wide variety of pieces from Classical to Pop to Broadway.

The Free Singing Day is not an audition process, but an opportunity for members of the public with a passion for singing and with no musical background to come along and experience Inspiration and see if they want to join Inspiration Southampton. Bringing Inspiration to Southampton has been made possible through the extraordinary gift of BSO and Inspiration Southampton Principal Patrons, David and Jill Peters.

Pete Harrison