Harry Sever is a conductor and composer whose work spans a variety of genres and media. He has conducted in major venues throughout the UK and worldwide in opera, ballet, and concert repertoire. Recent engagements include The Nutcracker (Peter Schaufuss Ballet, Danish Tour), La Bohème (Pop-Up Productions, Hong Kong; Swansea City Opera), and a new commission for the Tête-à-Tête festival. With a love for contemporary repertoire, Harry has worked as an assistant conductor with Independent Opera and the Britten Sinfonia at Sadler’s Wells (UK premieres of Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus and Voseček's Biedermann and the Arsonists).
As a vocal coach and repetiteur, Harry has worked with singers from the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the National Opera Studio, in masterclasses with Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, and Toby Spence, and in workshops with the Southbank Sinfonia and CHROMA. Harry is passionate about community music-making, and has recently worked with the Choir of London and choirs from across the West Bank as part of the Palestine Choral Festival.
As a composer, Harry’s work is primarily in the theatre. His first musical James and the Giant Peach toured internationally with Sell a Door productions. Other scores include The Kreutzer Sonata (Arcola Theatre), My Mother Said I Never Should (The Theatre, Chipping Norton), and for television, Stalker (CBS).
'The orchestra makes an alternatively strong and delicate sound under Harry Sever's deft baton' Bachtrack
'Harry Sever deserves rapturous applause for performing the entire work from memory...the musical dialogue between Sever and the singers feels like second nature.' Fringe Opera
'Ensemble throughout the opera was a strong point aided by excellent direction from Harry Sever' The Oxford Culture Review