A breath of fresh air
— Andrew Kurowski, at the premiere of "bellows, breath and bow" 24th March, 2018 - by Ensemble Via Nova, London Ear Festival 2018


Hollie is a composer, researcher and curator of contemporary music events in the UK and overseas. Her most recent project Melting, Shifting, Liquid World was the first composition to incorporate the use of open-ear, bone-conduction headsets alongside live acoustic and amplified instruments to create a multi-layered sonic environment for the audience to move around and within. The project was awarded funding by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music, Hinrichsen Foundation and Gemma Classical Music Trust and was written for electric viola soloist Nic Pendlebury and string ensemble. The work was the concluding piece of her Trinity Laban RDP Scholarship funded Creative Practice PhD at Trinity Laban, looking at different ways of constructing performance scenarios and exploring the impact this has on compositional processes.

Hollie has worked with Alwynne Pritchard, Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (Norwegian Navy Band), London Philharmonic Orchestra, CHROMA ensemble, Castallian String Quartet, Ensemble Via Nova (Weimar) and DeciBells (Basel). She was 2017 Composer in Residence with CoMA and subsequently led workshops on their Summer School in Orkney, and at their 2018 Festival of Contemporary Music for All. She was also one of four selected composers on the Cohan Collective 2018-19 residencies working with choreographers, dancers and members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Pavilion Dance South West.

Current projects include a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize commission to write a new work for players from the Philharmonia Orchestra for premiere at the Royal Festival Hall (May 2020), and a new participatory immersive piece for CoMA to be performed at Kings Place as a part of Nature Unwrapped (July 2020). She will also be working with the London Symphony Orchestra for 18 months, on their Jerwood Composer+ Scheme.

Hollie was Artistic Advisor and Trustee for Borough New Music and has been Director of Production for the London Ear Festival since it began in 2013. 

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List of Works



2019 - 20

2018 - 19

2017 - 18

  • CoMA Composer in Residence

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2016 – 17

  • Trinity Laban RDP Scholarship for fully funded PhD in Composition

2015 - 16

2013 - 14

  • Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (Norwegian Navy Band) commission for Fracture performed at the opening concert of Brasswind festival, funded by Norwegian Arts Council

2011 - 12

  • Leverhulme Young Composer working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on their Debut Sounds scheme

  • MMus Composition (Distinction), Royal Academy of Music

  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Composition Teaching

  • Dorothy Kennedy Davis Award, Royal Academy of Music

  • R. Harvey Löhr Award, Royal Academy of Music

2010 - 11

  • RVW Trust Award for Postgraduate Composition Students

  • Arts Humanities Research Council Professional Preparation Masters Block Grant Partnership (full funding for MMus)

2009 – 2010

2008 – 2009

  • BMus Hons Composition (First-Class)

  • Silver Medal for Composition Studies, Trinity Laban

  • Cyril Cork Prize, Trinity Laban

Photo: Phil Stewart

Photo: Phil Stewart

Photo: Jacob Whiting

Photo: Jacob Whiting


…the result was an entirely different, much more expansive sense of immersion than one usually experiences. The work’s title could hardly have been more directly relevant to what the music was doing. It was easy to hear its slow changing and evolving forms as processes of shift and melt, and the fluidity of Harding’s material – no solid sonic objects here – combined with the way we could move anywhere at any point to create a world that felt decidedly liquid… Further tensions emerged between tendencies toward dronal stasis and large dissonant agglomerations, the flat map beneath our feet seemingly being extended upward into something three-dimensional through the pronounced shifts in musical contour.Extract from review of Melting, Shifting, Liquid World - Dr. Simon Cummings, 5:4 (click for full article)

The effect of this multi-layered, multimedia approach was nothing less than scintillating, the evocative strains of Harding’s orchestration counterpointing the often unsettling sensation caused by the pre-recorded sonic textures fed to us through headphones… But the real star of the show was Harding, whose brilliant score and setting made this one of the finest immersive performances I have ever had the pleasure of seeing – and I’ve seen some great ones over the yearsExtract from review of Melting, Shifting, Liquid World - Miles Hedley, Greenwich Visitor (click for full article)


TL Crosscurrent Spotlight: Melting, Shifting, Liquid World - Will Howarth, Hollie Harding and audience members discuss Melting, Shifting, Liquid World with extracts from the piece (podcast and transcription).

Artist of the Week Interview - Collective 31 - Hollie Harding discussing Melting, Shifting, Liquid World and other work

Trinity Laban Preview: Melting, Shifting, Liquid World - Press Release for Melting, Shifting, Liquid World

Borough New Music - Composer Outlook: Ailie Robertson - Hollie Harding interviews Ailie Robertson

Borough New Music - Featured Performer: Katherine Clarke - Hollie Harding interviews violist Katherine Clarke

Borough New Music - Spontaneity and Strictness - Composer Outlook: Daryl Runswick - Hollie Harding interviews Daryl Runswick

Borough New Music, Composers Edition Interview with Clare Simmonds and Hollie Harding - Dan Goren, Composers Edition - Interviews Clare Simmonds and Hollie Harding

Borough New Music - Illuminate Women’s Music - Hollie Harding interviews Angela Slater

Preview of Borough New Music Series 9, Guest Artistic Director: Hollie Harding - Dann Chinn, Misfit City 

Benjamin Britten Variations - Amy Jolly and Hollie Harding discuss their collaboration in interview with Kezia Davies

Dance and Music Frequencies Interview - Zoi Dimitriou and Hollie Harding discuss their collaboration in interview with John Fosbrook

Boulez - Spontaneity and Strictness - Programme Notes for the Boulez Festival at the Southbank, by Hollie Harding.