Instrumental and vocal arrangements are a speciality. Mister Harvey’s unique background of classical training coupled with long periods of irresponsible behaviour in bands has given him a unique style – especially in his work for strings.
Recent accomplishments include arranging strings for King Creosote’s original score of From Scotland With Love, a feature archive documentary film directed by Virginia Heath, to be released in 2014; and a ludicrous arrangement of the Triumphal March from Verdi’s Aida, for 12 hands on two pianos for students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
‘At Verdi rehearsal. Sounds cool! Mad, but really cool! Well done!! Looks great. All the parts are really well written too. Very chuffed.’ – Jake Spence – commissioner
His approach as an arranger incorporates the oft overlooked traits of integrity and self-respect, balanced with sensitive consideration of the needs of the artist/composer, a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of instruments, and an eye for the strengths of the performers involved.
‘the title track, blessed with Pete Harvey’s string arrangements, finds a rare beauty in the art of music.’ Sunday Herald review Seafieldroad’s There Are No Maps for This Part of the City
Mister Harvey has, through his work across a wide variety of genres and in a great number of ensembles, an extensive network of musical contacts, and is able to draw together versatile groups for session work in the form of the Pumpkinseeds, to realise his arrangements either here at Pumpkinfield, or at a different studio of choice.