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Harriet Riley
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Photo courtesy of Tom Jacob

Originally from Devon, Harriet grew up in a musical household and went on to study Orchestral Percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has experience in a range of genres from 8-piece jazz ensemble Tezeta to orchestral playing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, studying gamelan in Bali to folk duo with Alex Garden.


Harriet performs regularly with Spindle Ensemble, a contemporary classical quartet. Their second album, Inkling was released by Hidden Notes Records in 2021.


Harriet was granted funding by Help Musicians UK in 2020 to create a film for which she was composer. The resulting short film, Please You Draw Near, was a collaboration involving circus, music and Shakespeare and premiered in March 2021 by Stroud-based magazine, Good on Paper.


Harriet loves new music and premiered and recorded a new Evelyn Glennie composition, The Grace of Silence, commissioned by Sound World during 2020. Harriet also regularly performs with the Paraorchestra + Friends on their music/dance collaboration The Nature of Why as well as on many other projects at prestigious venues across the UK, Australia and Russia.


In November 2019, Harriet performed a specially commissioned percussion concerto, Heartbeat, by William Goodchild with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra to a sold out audience at St George’s, Bristol. Sonder, released in 2020, was the debut album of a folk duo with Harriet Riley and Alex Garden. She is currently a composer and performer for Thimble Theatre and has been working freelance in Bristol since she graduated in 2014.

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