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Edwin HillierEdwin Hillier

Edwin Hillier (b.1988) grew up in Derbyshire, and received his first formal lessons in composition whilst still at school. In 2007 he was awarded a choral scholarship to Cambridge University where he read Music, studying composition with Giles Swayne and Ryan Wigglesworth, before embarking on two years as a professional singer with the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral.   

Edwin was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Jonathan Cole and Kenneth Hesketh, graduating with Distinction in June 2014. Whilst at the RCM, his studies were generously supported by both the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Edwin returned to the RCM in September 2014 to commence doctoral studies in Composition whilst holding the position of Composer-in-Residence at Handel House for 2014-15.

As a composer, Edwin’s works have been performed by artists including The London Sinfonietta, Lore Lixenberg, BLOCK4, Adrian Partington and the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, The Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge and the explorensemble, and at venues/events including The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), Nonclassical, Limewharf, From the Soundhouse, The Science Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, and live on Resonance FM.

Edwin frequently enjoys collaborating across different media, writing incidental music for the theatre and working closely with the visual artist, David Behar-Perahia (Stonemasons’ Chaconne, for choir, live stonemasons and electronics, commissioned as part of the Invisible Structura series and supported by the Arts Council of England). In May 2014, Edwin’s opera, Serpentine (created with librettist Edward Allen, in response to the works of William Hogarth), was staged to critical acclaim by Tête à Tête Opera at the RCM’s Britten Theatre, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones and conducted by Tim Murray.

Future projects include a performance of astragalois by Lore Lixenberg at the HCMF 2014, and the release of Hibeh (London Sinfonietta/Gary Walker) on NMC - selected as part of Sound and Music’s Next Wave scheme.


Read Edwin's blog for NMC here.


Photo: Stuart Leech


Edwin Hillier on Next Wave