Composer | Copyist | Engraver


Lillie Harris is a contemporary classical composer based in London, and has written music for a wide variety of ensembles.




Further tracks available on my Soundcloud profile.






Upcoming and recent Performances


October 2018 - 'AND' at soundfestival Aberdeen

Violist Katherine Wren will be performing 'AND', the piece she commissioned for solo viola as part of her Nordic Viola tour, once again at Aberdeen's soundfestival on 26th October.

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November 2018 - ‘Dormientes Bestia’ at Festival Turbulences Sonores

Leading recorder player Sylvia Hinz will be performing ‘Dormientes Bestia’ at the closing concert of the Festival Turbulences Sonores in Montpellier, in her programme of solo works for recorder.

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February 2019 - LSO Soundhub Phase II in London

Lillie has been selected for Phase II of the LSO Soundhub Scheme alongside Robin Haigh. She will be writing a new 8-minute chamber ensemble work to be performed at LSO St Luke’s in February 2019.




major performances

July 2018 - ‘My Last Duchess’

For clarinets, viola, percussion, poem extracts, and tape, written as part of the LSO Soundhub scheme (Phase I) under mentorship from Chaya Czernowin.

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July 2018 - ‘Recall’

For large ensemble, written as part of the LPO Young Composers programme 2017-18 under the mentorship of Sir James MacMillan.

January 2018 - 'AND'

For solo viola, commissioned by Katherine Wren from the RSNO for her Nordic Viola tour in the Shetland Islands, performed again at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium, as part of Katherine's Nordic Viola concert in the RSNO's Chamber Series.

June 2017 - 'Elsewhen'

Premiered by the Assembly Project during the St Magnus Composers' Course 11-21 June 2017, as part of the St Magnus Festival.

A short string quartet piece, 'Fat Lady, Waiting' was workshopped by the Gildas Quartet.

May 2017 - 'Vernichtung-Frage-Schrei'

A new song-cycle for chamber choir, workshopped by the Helsinki Chamber Choir in Mechelen, during the second round of the Tenso Young Composers Workshop programme

After the workshops, Lillie was awarded the Tenso prize for this song-cycle, including a commission for a new work for chamber choir. Read more

January 2017 - ‘vitreous’

For solo piano, recorded by Benjamin Powell as part of Psappha's Composing for Piano scheme

November 2016 - 'Schrei'

For chamber choir, workshopped and performed by Ensemble Aedes at the Tenso Days Composers Workshop in Amsterdam

November 2016 - ‘AND’

For solo viola, commissioned by Katherine Wren from the RSNO for her Nordic Viola tour in the Shetland Islands

July 2016 - ‘wavelet’ 

For mixed ensemble, workshopped and performed by Ensemble Recherche at the 57th Weimar Masterclass, held at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt

April-May 2016 - ‘remiscipate’

Workshopped by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; premiered in the Season Finale concerts 27-28th May 2016 in Edinburgh and Glasgow

February 2016 - ‘Chrysalis’

Performed with harp, live electronics and tape in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, in the ‘From the Soundhouse' concert series

January 2016 - ‘Red.’

For sinfonietta, performed at the RSNO centre in Glasgow by the orchestra’s contemporary ensemble Alchemy

October 2015 - ‘Pleura’ 

Commissioned by cross-cultural ensemble ShivaNova and performed at King’s Place

July 2015 - ‘In the Company of Nightingales’

Commissioned by the Gaudier Ensemble at the 25th anniversary Cerne Abbas Music Festival; for large mixed ensemble and solo baritone, commemorating the centenary of the death of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

April 2015 - ‘Dormientes Bestia’ 

For solo great bass paetzold and electronics, performed in the Contemporary Music in Action series at the Royal College of Music. It was part of Rosie Land's winning programme in the 2016 RCM Contemporary Competition.

May 2014 - ‘Qinah’ 

For SSATB voices, performed by the Ebor Singers in the NCEM Composers’ Competition Final

April 2013 - ‘The Dahomey Amazons Take a Tea Break’

For recorder, Baroque violin, Baroque ‘cello and harpsichord, performed by Florilegium in the NCEM Composers’ Competition Final

December 2012 - ‘Lola on the Beach’

For solo ‘cello, performed at the National Portrait Gallery, as part of a collaboration between RCM composers and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

April 2011 - ‘Nineteen-to-Twenty-Hundred AD’

For strings, piano and HighC electronics, performed by the Purcell School’s outreach group IMPULSE at the Southbank Centre, in the Young Xenarchitects project