© Fiona Essex Photography

© Fiona Essex Photography

MUSICIAN

Milly Hirst is a singer and songwriter based in Norwich, UK.

Her debut self-titled EP was released in 2012 through independent record label Bare Feet Records, as well as the live album Equator recorded and produced by Barn Recordings. The single Heptonstall Old Church was released in 2013 and chosen as the ‘Headphone Moment’ on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 Music. 

Since then she has focused on specific songwriting projects, producing songs and material for the BFI Britain on Film project, as well as the single Bury Me Close to Home for the WW1 legacy project Fiercest Light with 14-18 NOW.

She also provides vocals for other bands and musicians, most recently with alternative/classical/trip-hop outfit Wooden Arms and the ambient/drone/lo-fi band B R O A D S.

In 2019 she started working with B R O A D S on a body of music inspired by places and archive films from across Norfolk, with a view to creating an audio visual body of work to tour in 2020. She is also recording a solo album to be released this autumn.

Reviews;

David Kushar for Spiral Earth describing Milly's debut 5 track EP; 'mature', 'deeply meditative' and 'an inspiring debut'.

Heidi Maunder reviewing the EP for danceyrselfclean.com; ‘There is nothing more satisfying than listening to a new artist and being able to hear the effort and soul they have poured into making their music. That is what I get from listening to Milly Hirst. Her precision in her musical arrangement and imagination in lyrics, which speak of love and longing, is powerful throughout the record. The tone, lyrics and gentle pluck of guitar arrange her songs so sweetly they could be lullabies. There is a warmth and maturity in her vocals and lyrics that reflect emotional capacity far beyond her years, and it is that which makes me listen to her over and over again…'

'Milly Hirst’s début EP is just gorgeous. I liken it to Laura Marling, soft by acoustics but moving, soothing, and just plain charming.' Bedmagazine.com

 ‘Hirst sings with her soul, of love, longing, pain, melancholy and joy. Its close your eyes and sing-along as it washes over you music. “Rose”, in particular, is sublime. As delicate as its subject, wistful and heartfelt it leads you, floating to meet this Rose, to see her and understand her. Its porcelain fragility is divine.’ Alphabetbands.com

Heptonstall Old Church; "Stunning track" - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

© NNF & Paul Harrison Photography

© NNF & Paul Harrison Photography

FREELANCE CREATIVE

Since 2015 I have been facilitating workshops with children and young people of all ages, looking at storytelling, poetry and songwriting as well as exploring history through song. I work with school groups, as well as arts and cultural organisations and museums such as Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Creative Arts East.

As part of the 2019 Serious LEAP programme I’m developing a series of workshops that explore live soundtracking and using archive film and photography to explore local history and place.

I also work as a freelance coordinator, putting together music and film related events, including projects with the British Film Institute, BBC Introducing and Reel Connections. Since 2019 I have been Coordinator of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Trust.

To discuss a project or find out more contact me at efhirst@gmail.com