Harvey Davies

Teaching Fellow in Historical Performance and Staff Pianist


Email: Harvey.Davies@rncm.ac.uk

  • Coaching chamber music
  • Accompanist
  • Historically informed performance
  • Teaching vocal and instrumental classes
  • Research

Harvey studied the piano with Helen Davies, David Parkhouse and Ryszard Bakst and is well known as a chamber  musician and accompanist. He has worked with many eminent musicians including Atar Arad, Alison Balsom, Rebecca Evans, Janet Hilton, Guy Johnston, and Jennifer Pike. Recent collaborations include Shostakovich, Schumann and Brahms piano quintets with the Callino Quartet in France, Spain and the UK. Shostakovich quintet with the Benyounes Quartet in Portugal and recitals with Matthew Hunt (cl.) and Matthew Barley (vcl.). Harvey continues a busy and varied career as a chamber musician with frequent recitals in the UK and Europe.

Harvey is the founder and Director of the Pleyel Ensemble, the pianist in Ensemble Cymru, Teaching Fellow in Historical Performance and staff pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Helen and Harvey Davies are a mother-and-son piano duet team. Their recordings include a disc of Romantic music and works written for them by Welsh composers entitled “Diversity” which was MusicWeb International’s CD of the month in December 2008. Composers who have written for them include Alun Hoddinott, Nicola Lefanu, Jeffrey Lewis, Brian Hughes, John Metcalf, Bill Connor and Pwyll ap Sion.

“(The Davies Duo)…a fine reputation for intelligent, sensitive, technically assured and vital performances of a wide range of 20th century repertoire…”   
– British Music Society News.

“(Diversity) is a superb disc, and world class in terms of production, programme and performance.”
– Musicweb International

Personal Website

Current and Future Research

  • The music and life of Carl Czerny.
  • Piano duet repertoire of the early Nineteenth Century.
  • Accompanied piano sonatas (trios) of the late Eighteenth Century.
  • J.B. Cramer – The man and his music – a bizarrely neglected musician.
  • The music of Kenneth Leighton.
  • The trio for violin, horn and piano by Sir L. Berkeley, a corrected edition.
  • The life and works of Arnold Cooke.
  • Enabling the world premiere and broadcast of Arnold Cooke’s 6th Symphony with the BBC Philharmonic and Andrew Gourlay in September 2016.
  • A critical first edition of Arnold Cooke’s 6th Symphony published by Anglo-American Music Publishers (completed).
  • A critical edition of Arnold Cooke’s Piano Quartet (1949), which was lost and I have recently rediscovered, for Anglo-American Music Publishers.
  • The music collection of Elizabeth Sykes Egerton (1775 – 1854) in the Library at Tatton Park. This is an ongoing project to research the extensive performance instructions and embellishment in her vocal and keyboard music collected at the beginning of the 19th century to learn more of late classical performance practice.

College and External Research Roles

Ph.D in Performance (current) recording music by Arnold Cooke and researching his life and works.

Research Funding

Awarded a grant of £1,375 from the RNCM Research budget towards the cost of setting and inputting the score and parts of Cooke’s 6th Symphony.

Awarded an £800 grant by the Ida Carroll Trust towards presenting a concert to mark and celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Arnold Cooke’s birth on the 4th November 2016 at the RNCM.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Historical & Contextual Studies 1 (U1AHC) 2015-16
  • Historical & Contextual Studies 2 (Classical) 2015-16
  • Performance & Repertoire Studies 1 (U1APR) 2015-16
  • Performance & Repertoire Studies 2 – Classical (U2APR) 2015-16
  • Performance & Repertoire Studies 4 (U4APS) 2015-16
  • Music, Culture & Performance 1 (2016-17

Postgraduate Teaching

Postgrad. Options B Performance:Theory & Practice Semester 2 (2013-2014)

Research Supervision

Jing Ouyang (RNCM): The influence of the English fortepiano on the music of the London Pianoforte School and its contemporaries. Ph.D. in performance.


    Journal Articles

  • Harvey Davies, ‘A fine and underrated chamber work; Lennox Berkeley’s Quintet for piano and winds, Op. 90’, Lennox Berkeley Society Journal 2017, (2016).
  • Scholarly Editions

  • Arnold Cooke, A first edition of Arnold Cooke’s 6th Symphony, Harvey Davies, 2016, Anglo-American Music Publishers, Apopka, Florida, USA
  • Recordings

  • Anthony Burgess, Nicholas Marshall, A.Gibbs, Gordon Crosse, Wilfred Josephs, Barry Ferguson, David Dubery, Alan Rawsthorne, R.Heaton-Smith, Herbert Murrill, Peter Pope, R.Blackford David Ellis (Rawsthorne) Anthony Burgess: The Man and his Music, John Turner Recorder, Piano, Metier Divine Art, Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester, September 2nd and 9th and December 16th 2012
  • William Mathias, Alun Hoddinott, Mervyn Burtch, Christopher Painter and John Metcalf Celebration, Ensemble Cymru, Peryn Clement-Evans and Harvey Davies Clarinet and piano, Cyf oes, St. Mary’s Church, Cilcain, N. Wales, June 1999
  • Rawsthorne, Berkeley, Leighton, Joubert and Melville Smith. Twentieth Century Piano Duets, The Davies Duo, Helen and Harvey Davies One piano, four hands, ASC, February 1999
  • Richard Stoker Richard Stoker: Vocal Music and Piano Duos, The Davies Duo, Helen and Harvey Davies, Richard Stoker, Jacqueline Fox and Margaret Feaviour. One piano, four hands, two pianos, soprano, mezzo soprano and piano., ASC, Macclesfield and London, 1998
  • John Metcalf, Alun Hoddinott, Brian Hughes, Jeffrey Lewis, John Hearne and Pwyll ap Sion Diversity, The Davies Duo, Helen and Harvey Davies, One piano, four hands, Cameo Campion, Ty Cerdd, Millenium Centre, Cardiff, 17/18 September 2007
  • W.A. Mozart, C. Czerny, G. Faure, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Sir E.German Four-Hand Favourites, The Davies Duo, Helen and Harvey Davies One piano, four hands, ASC, ASC Studios, Macclesfield, 13/14 October and 18 November 2001
  • Beethoven Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Op 55 “Eroica”, The Davies Duo, Helen and Harvey Davies One piano, four hands, 2MF, Two Moors Festival Studios, Devon, 2010
  • Rosauro, Glennie, Breuer, Vivaldi, Ellis Jones, Richards etc. Zimba Zamba, Beaumaris Brass Band, Jazz Trio, Gwyn M. Evans, Dewi Ellis Jones Tuned percussion, piano, brass band and jazz trio., Sain, Sain Studios, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth and Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge, 2004 and 2005
  • Philip Wood Sonnets, Airs and Dances, Manchester Camerata Ensemble, Lesley-Jane Rogers, James Bowman, Heather Bills, Jonathan Price, John Turner, Harvey Davies. Soprano, Countertenor, string quartet, cello, recorder and harpsichord, Divine Art Ltd., St. Thomas’ Church, Stockport, Worleston Church, Nantwich, ASC Studios, Macclesfield, December 2000, 11.6.2004 and 22.06.2015
  • Roy Heaton-Smith Opening the Door, Solem Quartet, Clare Wilkinson, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Harvey Davies etc various, Divine Art, RNCM, Sept. and Nov. 2015

Professional Activity

As the director of the Pleyel Ensemble, a chamber group based in Manchester comprising wind, strings and piano, Harvey has set up a new concert series in Manchester in Alderley Edge and Didsbury. They have given over sixty concerts in their first two years and apart from exploring the chamber works of Ignaz Pleyel, they are committed to performing British music and are actively commissioning new works as well.

Outside Manchester, Harvey is a founder member and principal pianist with Ensemble Cymru based at the University of Bangor in North Wales. The Ensemble  has worked together for over twenty years giving hundreds of performances and highlighting the work of Welsh composers in the field of chamber music as well as taking live music regularly to many schools, hospitals and community venues across Wales. They were nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society award in 2007 and continue with their exciting performances and innovative education work in Wales.

2016 saw the completion of a major performance project to programme the complete works of Mozart for piano and violin which Harvey gave with the violinist Sarah Ewins, Associate Leader of the Halle Orchestra. The 18 concerts were given over three years in Emmanuel Church, Didsbury and the music was presented with contemporary letters, reviews and other writings to put the music in its context.

We began another large-scale project in September 2016 called ‘Haydn Plus!’ which will programme the complete piano trios of Haydn at Emmanuel Church in Didsbury over the next four or so years.

The Pleyel Ensemble commissioned a significant work from Adam Gorb as a partner piece to Bartok’s Contrasts. Also for clarinet, violin and piano and of 14 minutes duration the new work was written for Nicholas Cox, Sarah Ewins and Harvey Davies and received its Premiere on the 10th April in Alderley Edge and a second performance on the 14th June in St. Ann’s Church, Manchester. 

The Pleyels are continuing their regular series of Sunday concerts in Chapel-en-le-Frith with a further four this season.