Russell Harrison

 

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Russell was a very well respected and talented member of the choir for 28 years. Despite his stature he was very modest and unassuming. 2nd bass solos are rare and Russell was only latterly discovered, as he did not like to put his name forward, as a deep and rich soloist. Below is a clip of him singing the solo for Down By The Riverside:

Russell’s funeral service, at St James’ Louth, was well attended. Although he lived in Legbourne, near Louth, he regularly attended St Augustine of Hippo’s in Grimsby and the clergy came from there for the service including Father Edward Martin who was the officiating Priest. Father Edward gave the eulogy: Russ was an agricultural graduate from Leeds University and spent all of his working life as an irrigation expert, for many years he was based in southern Africa with a sales base extending into the other continents, west and east. He eventually returned with his family to the UK turning down other opportunities for foreign postings and settling in Legbourne. He was a fine chorister being a member of Louth Male Voice Choir, Louth Choral Society and the Louth Chamber Choir. His wife Christine, who survives him, and he had two children, Victoria and Jonathan, who tragically died of cancer at the age of twelve, and two grandchildren. Russ and Christine gave a grand piano to St James in memory of Jonathan, and on which Gwyn Law, accompanist of LMVC, played during the service. Graham Burrell, the MD for LMVC also played various pieces on the organ including Abba’s ‘Thank You for the Music’ for the exiting procession. LMVC sang Psalm 23 (The Lord Is My Shepherd) and Morte Christe. Russ’s interment was at Legbourne Church and refreshments were at the village hall when the video recording of LMVC’s singing ‘Down By The Riverside’, Russ as soloist, was played. This was sung in St Mary’s, Horncastle in February 2012. Christine told me at the reception that she was very appreciative of our efforts and hadn’t appreciated how much of a gentleman everyone, not just LMVC, thought he was.

You are sadly missed Russ.