John Harle

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John Harle
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John Harle
Background information
Born (1956-09-20)20 September 1956
Origin Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Genres Classical, hybrid
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1973–present
Labels Universal, EMI Classics, Deca, Argo, Unicorn-Kanchana, Hannibal, Sospiro

John Harle (born 20 September 1956, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is an English saxophonist, composer, conductor and record producer.[1] In 1988, he won the Cannes Film Festival award for "Best Achievement in a Feature Film" along with co-writer Stanley Myers for the score of Prick Up Your Ears.[2]


Initially a clarinetist, Harle switched to saxophone at 13 as a better mechanism for the expression he was trying to achieve.[2] Following his education at the Royal College of Music in London and the Paris Conservatoire, he started his career in 1982 in the band of composer Michael Nyman, expanding from there into scoring for film and television. In the 1990s, he began a career as solo saxophonist and also began composing, both artistically and commercially.

In addition to his own prolific recording, Harle has contributed directly or indirectly to a number of charting songs and albums by others.[2] A jingle he wrote for Nissan in 1993 became the basis of a charting pop single by Jazzie B. He contributed to the charting albums Terror and Magnificence (1996) by Elvis Costello and Sarah Leonard, and Standing Stone (1997) by Paul McCartney.

Harle is also an educator, serving at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in the late 1980s as a professor of Saxophone and Chamber Music.[2]

He has two sons named Matthew and Dan.[1]



  1. ^ a b Gilbert, Jenny (2 March 1996). "Fantastic read". The Independent. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Lewis, Uncle Dave. "Artist Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 

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