Harriet composes alongside her career as a professional harpist, specializing in compositions and arrangements for solo harp and harp chamber music. Her critically acclaimed composition, Sun, Moon and Stars for harp quartet, was selected for performance at the 9th World Harp Congress in 2005, recorded by 4 Girls 4 Harps in 2009, and has been broadcast and performed as far across the globe as Australia. Her various commissions include Flight for solo harp, written for the Trinity-Guildhall harp syllabus, a 2003 work Songs of Beginning for harp and string quartet, and a 2007 song cycle for harp and children’s choir Songs of Childhood, both commissioned by the Two Moors Festival. Her second composition for harp quartet, Elemental (2012) was composed especially for 4 Girls 4 Harps and has twice been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune program.
Her arrangements of Christmas Carols for harp quartet feature on 4 Girls 4 Harps’ 2013 Christmas album. On its release, the CD was given a 4* review by BBC Music Magazine and broadcast on both Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.
In 2014 Harriet was selected by American online publishers, Harp Column Music, to be one of their featured arrangers and composers, making her music available internationally for the first time. Following on from this selection, her arrangement of Greensleeves for four harps was used by the Philadelphia Orchestra for their harp ‘play in’ day. In 2017, a video of Harriet’s harp quartet arrangement of Shostakovich’s famous Waltz no.2 went viral across the world, receiving well over 6 million views! Other ensembles to perform her work include The National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain and the American Youth Harp Ensemble.
Some of Harriet’s recent arrangements can be heard on 4 Girls 4 Harps’ latest CD, released in the autumn of 2017 on the STS Digital label. These include arrangements of pieces by Prokofiev, Borodin, Shostakovich and de Falla.
Praise for Harriet Adie’s compositions and arrangements:
BBC Music Magazine
“excellent arrangements by Harriet Adie”
The Arts Desk
“an enjoyable compilation”
BBC Music Magazine
“Sparklingly energetic arrangements”
The Arts Desk
“Edgar Pettman's wistful Gabriel's Message feels as if it's being improvised on the spot. As does Adie's tender reinvention of I Wonder as I Wander – all the better for using so much of the instruments' lower registers.”
This is Herefordshire
“Sun, Moon and Stars `A Middle Eastern Sky' by Harriet Adie was very enchanting. Depicting a childhood in the far-east, beautiful textures combined with eastern scale and harmonies, it was quite spellbinding.”
“…most impressive of all – Adie’s transcription of three movements from Ravel’s “Mother Goose”. With its whispered tremolandi, jewel-like harmonics, and deep, clangourous gong effects, this was superbly transcribed and equally superbly played. It made the more familiar piano version seem positively drab by comparison.”
The Oxford Times
“…Fauré’s gorgeous Sicilienne showed the instruments at their lyrical, sublime best…”
Music and Vision
“The concert ended with the première of Harriet Adie's own Jewellery box. She is clearly a talented composer and this is an effective work which matched scale and expressive range. There was an intriguing Scottish flavour to 'Moonstone', while 'Diamond' ended the work in a torrent of driving energy.”
South Wales Evening Post
“….the transcendental Elemental (composed by Harriet Adie). Adie’s composition was innovative and well phrased, displaying a timely use of percussive sounds chiming with contemplative passages.”