Hollie Harding

Hollie Harding

RPS Composer 2019 | £2,500 chamber commission for the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2020

Hollie is a composer, researcher and curator of contemporary music events in the UK and overseas. Her recent large-scale site-specific composition Melting, Shifting, Liquid World, performed at the National Maritime Museum, was the first piece to incorporate the use of open-ear, bone-conduction headsets alongside live 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.

Hollie 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, Castalian 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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