About Our Rehearsal Pianist

Roger Harris Portrait

Roger Harris joined the Royal Artillery Band (Woolwich) in April 1963. His main instrument was the piano, although he also played the clarinet and saxophone as his Military Band instruments. Roger trained at the Royal Military School of Music at Twickenham and was awarded the Cassell prize for the overall best musician for the year 1963/4.

After leaving the RA Band in 1969 Roger embarked on a full time career in Local Government and spent 25 years working for Social Services. During this time he also started to accompany various choral groups and was the accompanist for the Southwark Singers for a period of over 10 years. This proved to be a good platform for some solo piano performances including Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and the Schumann Piano Concerto. Also during this time, Roger developed a particular interest in playing for musicals for various groups in the south east of London.

After a number of years as a self-employed management consultant Roger retired in 2004 from this area of work leaving more time for musical activities. He continues to be closely connected with several musical societies and also the Bexley Academy of Music and Performing Arts as well as freelancing as an accompanist.

Roger has been rehearsal pianist and accompanist for Gravesham Choral Society since 2001.