Location: England, United Kingdom
Hilary Campbell (www.hilarycampbell.com) works as a conductor, composer and soprano.
Having read music at the University of York, Hilary continued postgraduate studies there, gaining a distinction for her MA in Vocal Studies in 2005. She has just completed an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in performance at Trinity College of Music, supported by various scholarships, and will shortly be taking up a place in choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. She has studied singing with Lynne Dawson and Alison Wells, and looks forward to commencing with Julie Kennard. Her composition teacher is Stephen Montague.
Hilary's music has recently been performed in Spain, Poland, Lithuania, France and Holland, as well as around the UK. In 2008 Hilary became Composer in Residence for the Ebor Singers, having won their competition. She was also the winner of the Shipley Arts Festival Composer Award 2009, the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Choral Composition Prize 2009, the Philip Bates Prize for Young Composers in 2004, and in 2006 was a finalist in the National Youth Choir Composition Competition. Most recently, she was awarded second place in the Musica Sacra International Competition for Composers 2010. In June, the BBC Symphony Chorus workshopped one of her choral pieces, and in September, two of her works will be published. She has just been commissioned by Choir and Organ Magazine.
As a singer, Hilary performs frequently both as a soloist and with a number of ensembles, and last year undertook the mentor scheme with The Sixteen; she is also a choral scholar at St Martin in the Fields, and sings at a number of London churches. Recent solo performances include Finzi’s Dies Natalis, Bach’s Magnificat and Wachet Auf, Mascagni’s Easter Hymn Chorus, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. Her next solo engagement will be Haydn's Nelson Mass under the direction of Sir David Willcocks.
Hilary is the Musical Director of Harpenden Music Makers, and the King William Singers and Orchestra, comprising music college postgraduates. Last November she was selected to conduct the BBC Singers in a masterclass. She is also the founder, director and 1st soprano of vocal ensemble the Blossom Street Singers (www.blossomstreetsingers.com), which has performed on TV and radio. She has conducted in the UK, Spain, France and Germany, as well as on BBC2, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 2; she makes her Radio 4 debut in November.