Hilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist. As well as being Musical Director of West London Chamber Choir, she is also founder and director of professional chamber choir Blossom Street, and MD of Bristol Choral Society and Chiswick. She is also conductor of several office choirs, including P&O Ferries, the group which won the recent BBC2 series The Choir, and whom she met whilst filming for the series. Her guest work includes ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Chorus (whom she prepared for a Prom featuring Mozart’s Mass in C Minor) and BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers. She also runs an annual project with Judith Weir at the Royal Academy of Music, in conjunction with Blossom Street and the RAM composition department. In 2017, she looks forward to chorus mastering the combined forces of the Royal Academy of Music singing department in a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2 at Royal Festival Hall conducted by Semyon Bychkov.
Hilary gained a Distinction for an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Patrick Russill, where as part of her course she worked with professional choirs including the BBC Singers and Cardinall’s Musick; she was also awarded the three choral conducting prizes. She gained a Distinction for an MA in Vocal Studies at the University of York, and undertook an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in singing at Trinity College of Music. Following her studies, she returned to the Royal Academy as the Meaker Fellow 2012-13, the first choral conductor to have been thus honoured. In addition to her regular conducting work, Hilary also acts as an adjudicator, choral workshop leader and guest conductor. She is a founder member of the Voices of London Festival, and is also a published and prize-winning composer. With Blossom Street, she has released two award-winning Naxos recordings.
Liam Dunachie is a pianist and hammond organist whose versatility across a wide spectrum of genres has kept him busy across the whole gamut of musical contexts since moving to London in 2011 to study at the Guildhall School of Music having previously read music as a choral scholar at Trinity College Cambridge. As a jazz musician he’s in regular high demand whether as a member of BBC New Generation Artist Misha Mullov-Abbado’s acclaimed band, or with veterans of British jazz such as Jim Mullen and Henry Lowther. In more commercial work, Liam has worked as both a musical director and keyboard player for a number of west end and touring shows and has worked with such varied artists as Beverley Knight, Tony Blackburn and Gareth Malone. His piano-playing also recently featured in the soundtrack of the BBC drama “Roadkill” starring Hugh Laurie.