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. She is currently working towards a fully funded PhD in Composition at Trinity Laban, as the first recipient of the Trinity Laban RDP Scholarship. Her thesis explores the arena, ensemble and action spaces of music, through composition. Her most recent project Melting, Shifting, Liquid World was supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music, Hinrichsen Foundation and Gemma Classical Music Trust and is an immersive site-specific piece written for electric viola soloist Nic Pendlebury, string ensemble and fixed-media delivered over bone-conduction open-ear headphones. The sold out world premiere performances took place on the iconic Great Map, after hours at the National Maritime Museum in March 2019.

Hollie has a longstanding connection with Norway and is grateful to have twice received funding from the Norwegian Arts Council to work with Alwynne Pritchard and Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (Norwegian Navy Band). Other ensembles she has worked with include the 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 residency working with choreographers, dancers and members of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Pavilion Dance South West.

She is 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



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



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 - Interview, with 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.