Composer | Copyist | Engraver


Photo (c) Kevin Leighton 2018, LSO

Photo (c) Kevin Leighton 2018, LSO

About Lillie

Lillie Harris is a composer, copyist, and engraver based in South-East London, who also has experience assisting music outreach workshops. Since July 2017, she is also the Technical Writer for Steinberg's new notation software Dorico.

She graduated with a First Class degree from the Royal College of Music in 2016, studying composition with Haris Kittos and winning the Elgar Memorial Prize for her final portfolio.

Musical from a young age, she plays a number of instruments - including Piano (Grade 8, Distinction), Flute (Grade 8, Distinction), and Classical Guitar (Grade 6, Distinction). 

It was her interest in creative writing, reading novels, playing instruments, foreign languages (and also anything to do with paper) that led to her falling in love with the whole world of music-making, and composing in particular. She often seeks to express deep and complex emotions in her work, and loves the opportunity this gives her to connect with people - such as after the performance of her piece remiscipate (about the demolition of Glasgow's Red Road Flats) when a previous inhabitant of the flats said the piece had given him closure, allowing him to move on.

Her works have been workshopped by a wide variety of ensembles - including Florilegium, Fretwork, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Gaudier Ensemble, the Assembly Project, and Ensemble Recherche - and performed at venues including the Southbank Centre, LSO St Luke’s, Science Museum, King’s Place, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

In 2017-18, she participated in both the LSO Soundhub scheme and the LPO Young Composers programme, and was selected for LSO Soundhub Phase II 2018-19. She has also been selected for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s new Young Composers programme 2018-19, and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emerging Composer scheme 2019-20, for which she will write a new piece for Cheltenham Music Festival 2020.

Dormientes Bestia for paetzold and tape was in the winning programme in the RCM Contemporary Competition 2016, and she was selected the National Centre of Early Music’s Composer Competition Final in York in 2013 and 2014, and the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition 2016. More recently, she was awarded the Tenso Young Composers Award in May 2017. Lillie was in the RSNO’s first Composers Hub in 2015-16, from which her orchestral work remiscipate was chosen to be performed in their Season Finale concerts, and in July 2016 she attended a masterclass week in Weimar with Tristan Murail and Ensemble Recherche. Her commission for the Gaudier Ensemble, to write a work commemorating the centenary of the death of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, was performed at the 25th Anniversary Cerne Abbas Festival in July 2015. 


Banner photograph (c) Piers Rawson, Cerne Abbas Festival 2015