Harriet first studied composition at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music with David McBride and whilst there, enjoyed early success in competitions both within the College and also nationally. She also saw her piece ‘Winter’ for Choir and harp performed by the Choristers of Exeter Cathedral School in front of 2000 people.
Harriet has continued to compose 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 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 most recent work, ‘Elemental’ (2012) for harp quartet, composed especially for 4 Girls 4 Harps, is currently being performed to audiences across the UK as part of their 2013/14 season. In December 2013, it was performed by 4 Girls 4 Harps in a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme.
In 2013 Harriet worked as the principal arranger for 4 Girls 4 Harps' new album '4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas'. The album was well received by the critics, with many of her arrangements being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Harriet's compositions and arrangements for harp quartet are now available for download on Harp Column Music, and her arrangement of Greensleeves for four harps was recently used for a harp 'play in' day with the Philadelphia Orchestra.