Lillie graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2016, studying composition with Haris Kittos and winning the Elgar Memorial prize for her final portfolio. Her pieces have been workshopped and performed by ensembles including Psappha, the LPO, and Ensemble Recherche, and in 2015-16 she was selected for the first RSNO Composers Hub. In 2017 she was awarded the Tenso Young Composers Award for her song cycle on poems by August Stramm, and is currently on Phase II of the LSO Soundhub Scheme.
"I am excited by the NYCGB Young Composers Scheme because of its attachment to a vocal ensemble, because I find myself increasingly wanting to write for the voice. Having spent my childhood writing endless stories and novels, returning to working with words in recent pieces has been enormously creatively and emotionally satisfying."