Harrison Hope was formed in January 2009 by oboist Michael Kilbey. Growing despondent with his musical direction and unable to hold down a place in his local orchestra due to a lack of punctuality, he picked up an acoustic guitar and began singing and collaborating with other young musicians that he drafted in from local universities. Desperate not to lose touch with his roots in a shift towards a breed of more alternative guitar-based music, he ensured that the elements of classical music that first inspired him continued to pervade the creative process in one way or another.
Harrison Hope is concerned only with playing what sounds great to the musicians therein: whether this manifests itself in spontaneously formed lush, epic sound-scapes or stripped away acoustic simplicity, the band is responsible for a powerful new genre of melodic music best described as lyrical and visual.
In just 8 busy months, the band has graced many of England's most famous unsigned venues eventually culminating in a support slot at the country's biggest annual student music festival: the prestigious Nottingham University Summer Party, playing ahead of The Futureheads & Ladyhawke, and have already been confirmed to return this coming year, further up the bill, owing to their success in 2009.
BBC's Tom Robinson has been quick to endorse the band with airings on national radio of both ‘Mr Fall From The Sky’ & ‘The Wild’. With an average age of 21 and songs and musicianship displaying a maturity way beyond these years, Harrison Hope approaches 2010 with a commitment to one thing and one thing alone: great honest music.