String arrangements

 

‘Each song is lifted above its solipsistic origins towards something more expansive, as Campbell’s incisive lyrics tenderly glide above Pete Harvey’s swelling orchestral accompaniments, often recalling Robert Kirby’s tastefully haunting string arrangements on Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left.

Ravechild

 

An exotic background of classical and academic musical training coupled with long periods of irresponsible behaviour in bands has given Mister Harvey a chameleonic capacity to move effortlessly between styles, whilst retaining a distinctive character entirely his own.

His approach as an arranger incorporates the oft overlooked traits of integrity and self-respect, balanced with sensitive consideration of the needs of the commissioner, a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of instruments, and an eye for the strengths of the performers involved.

Arrangements can vary in scale from solo instruments up to large ensembles. Scores can be produced for third party groups, or performed and recorded by in-house session ensemble, The Pumpkinseeds.

Studio sessions & production

 

‘[Harvey’s] typically spacious, sublime arrangements are understated and mesmerising’

– The List

The studio is tailored to providing exceptional session recordings of strings and other classical instruments and ensembles, utilising carefully selected hardware including preamps and ADCs by Neve, Grace Design and MOTU and microphones by AKG, Schoeps and Coles.

A mobile rig allows location recording for larger ensembles, and we often use any of a number of choice nearby venues, each filled with character and charm, and with its own unique acoustic.

In addition we regularly host chamber groups and individual instrumental sessions, as well as ground-up production for singer-songwriters and full bands.

Lomond Campbell: Black River Promise

(Heavenly, 2017)

“masterful string playing and arranging”

**** – the List

‘Gorgeous strings build from a whisper – the arrangements are superlative’

**** – Record Collector

Modern Studies: Swell to Great

(Fire, 2017)

Scottish Album of the Year Award 2017 nominee

‘spacious sublime arrangements are understated and mesmerising’

**** – the List

“the strength and beauty comes from the harmonies and subtly sophisticated arrangements.”

Whisperin’ and Hollerin’

King Creosote: Astronaut Meets Appleman

(Domino, 2017)

Scottish Album of the Year Award 2017 nominee

‘begins as an echo of his lo-fi past before beguiling string arrangements take it somewhere altogether grander.’

Record Collector

Other services

 

Arrangements for various ensembles

Strings is Pete’s thing, but he revels in arranging and writing for any instrumentation. During his varied career he has studied orchestration extensively, and written for full orchestra, brass & wind, voices & keyboards…

 

Sheet music transcription and score/part preparation

Over the years, Pete has grown intimately familiar with Sibelius software. He has transcribed and set numerous large scale orchestral scores for composers including Jonathan Mills, Robert Moran and Peter Salem for such internationally renowned companies as Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet and Ballet West.

 

Freelance cellist, bassist and pianist

Pete is a member of The Leg and Modern Studies, and frequently performs with Iain Morrison and King Creosote as well as numerous other artists. He is available (often) for gigs and (sometimes) for tours.