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 studied composition with Giles Swayne and Ryan Wigglesworth, before embarking on two years as a professional singer with the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral.
In June 2014 Edwin graduated with distinction from the Masters course at the Royal College of Music (RCM) , having studied with Jonathan Cole and Kenneth Hesketh. He continues at the RCM as a doctoral scholar, whilst holding the position of Composer in Residence at Handel House for 201415.
Edwin’s works have been performed by artists including the London Sinfonietta, Lore Lixenberg, Sounds of the Engine House, Adrian Partington and the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, the Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge, BLOCK4 and the explorensemble, and at venues/events including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), Nonclassical, Limewharf, The Science Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, and live on Resonance FM.
Recent projects have included the premiere performance of hibeh , written for Lore Lixenberg and the London Sinfonietta ( released by NMC as part of SAM’s Next Wave scheme), a performance of astragalois at the HCMF 2014 (performed by Sounds of the Engine House), and the opera, Serpentine , staged to critical acclaim by Tête à Tête Opera, directed by Bill Bankes Jones and conducted by Tim Murray.