Harrison, Samuel

1760-1812

Well-known English tenor concert singer; born at Belper, Derbyshire. As a boy he sang soprano solos at the Ancient concerts and at the Society of Sacred Music. His earliest instructor was   Burton. George III., hearing him sing at one of Queen Charlotte's musical parties, caused him to be engaged for the Handel Commemoration, 1784, to open the Messiah. This brought him into prominence. He had' made his first appearance at the Three Choirs meeting, in 1781 at Gloucester; from 1786 to 1808 he sang at each of the Hereford meetings; and from 1801 to 1808 was a principal also at Gloucester and Worcester. He was a member of the Catch Club, London, and filled many appointments.