Harriet Riley

It was brilliant for me to learn music at SaMM (SaMS in my day!).

So many young people learn musical instruments on their own and don’t get to play together - which is where so much of the joy of music making lies. This Saturday music school has groups for all ages, from grade 1 - grade 8 and has ensembles across many genres meaning there really is a group for everyone.

Joining others to play music develops your listening and rhythmic skills and helps young people to bring their playing up to the next level. It’s a fun and enjoyable way to develop as a musician and make friends.

Please support this wonderful organisation in bringing young people together to make music.

Originally from Devon, Harriet studied Orchestral Percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has experience in a range of genres from world music and orchestral with BBC NOW, to jazz-funk band Tezeta and contemporary music with New Music in the South West. Harriet has recently recorded the debut album with Spindle Ensemble, an alternative, contemporary classical group supported by Adderwell Music. Their album, entitled Bea, was pressed to vinyl and released November 2017. Harriet works in a number of dance and theatre projects playing solo percussion, most recently for children theatre company Can't Sit Still. Their new show, Plink & Boo, has just finished touring the UK Autumn 2018. Harriet has also recently performed with the Paraorchestra + Friends on their Richard Feynman inspired dance collaboration called The Nature of Why. Devised for the stage of the Bristol Old Vic, it recently sold out the QEH at the Southbank as part of Unlimited festival and will be going to Perth Festival, Australia in Feb 2019. She is now the composer and musician for projects such as Thimble Theatre and Cyrimba and has been working freelance in Bristol since she graduated in 2014.