Hilary is currently studying Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music having previously gained a distinction for her MA in Vocal Studies at the University of York and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at Trinity College of Music. She has won awards in competitions including the Musica Sacra Composer’s Competition, Shipley Arts Festival Composer Award, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Choral Composition Prize and Philip Bates Prize for Young Composers. Her work has been performed across Europe and the UK by major choirs such as Trinity College Cambridge (conducted by Stephen Layton), and has also been workshopped by the BBC Symphony Chorus. She has been commissioned by Choir and Organ Magazine and by choirs in the UK and Holland and, in 2008, she became Composer in Residence for the Ebor Singers. Hilary is also a singer and conductor and undertook the mentor scheme with The Sixteen in 2009. She is MD of Harpenden Music Makers, the Blossom Street Singers and the King William Singers and Orchestra and has conducted for TV and Radio broadcasts.