HILARY 

CAMPBELL

F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S
NEWS
Martin Firth
Bristol Post, December 2017
"Seldom have I enjoyed a Christmas concert as much as this one.  Bristol Choral Society were on terrific form - probably the best I have heard them. ... Conductor Hilary Campbell seemed able to communicate every nuance in the music's phrasing with immediate effect: the choir's range of dynamic expression was hugely impressive - especially the several pianissimo phrase endings. The programme worked at every level"
Jim Pritchard
Seen and Heard International, June 2017
"The Academy Symphony Chorus, again with so little of their lives lived, were magnificent and brought a very visceral frisson to that whispered word ‘Aufersteh’n’. They also made a notable contribution to Mahler’s concluding tsunami of sound. At this point I realised I was sitting next to their chorus master Hilary Campbell who was living every word and change in dynamics with them."
Martin Firth
Bristol Post, March 2017
"Music making of the highest order... Under their new conductor, Hilary Campbell, [Bristol] Choral Society seems to have found a new 'voice'.  Their singing is committed and inspired, and projected with a sense of purpose and clarity which is utterly compelling and absorbing.  Their control of dynamics is outstanding and the warmth of their tone quite beguiling."
David Truslove
Classical Source, July 2016

"At the start of the evening The Marian Consort sang three a cappella Latin settings by Judith Weir, Matthew Martin and Hilary Campbell …Campbell’s Ave Maria is highly approachable in its luminous harmonies."

John Allison
The Telegraph, March 2016

"The BBC Symphony Chorus was trained here by Hilary Campbell and brought luminosity to Stravinsky’s ecstatic finale"

 

Ben Hogwood
Arcana, March 2016

"The Symphony of Psalms was more obviously outgoing but saved its greatest emotional impact for the quieter music, the closing pages of ‘Omnis spiritus laudet Dominum’ from the BBC Symphony Chorus given out with softly oscillating orchestral figures... Great credit should however go to chorus master Hilary Campbell... She is clearly popular with the singers, and helped secure that extra degree of accuracy and emotional involvement. One of Stravinsky’s most cinematic scores, it was in this performance a powerful statement of affirmation."

 
Garry Humphreys
Church Times, July 2015

"...Three choirs took part, with brass ensemble and organ, conducted with authority and clarity by Hilary Campbell, one of the founders of the Voices of London Festival. Instruments were used sparingly but effectively, the organ primarily underpinning the voices, and the brass reflecting that Cornish tradition perhaps familiar from the more reflective of Malcolm Arnold’s Cornish Dances..."

 

Carol Main
The Scotsman, June 2015

"Hilary Campbell’s Ave Maria, commissioned by the Consort in 2012 and correspondingly well suited to them, was beautifully atmospheric and especially effective..."

 

For the first half of 2020, Hilary is delighted to be working as Associate Conductor of Ex Cathedra.  Read more here.

Hilary was honoured to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) last year.

With Blossom Street, Hilary recorded her third Naxos disc, released in January 2019.

Blossom Street, of which Hilary is founder and director, launched a crowdfunder campaign for their new Naxos disc, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the vote.  Read more here.

In early 2018, Hilary was thrilled to make her debut with the BBC Singers.  The first broadcast as part of this project will be aired on Radio 3 on 6 February.  Read more here.

In June 2017, Hilary was delighted to Chorus Master a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, who was directing the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Hilary was proud to Chorus Master the BBC Symphony Chorus for Prom 46 2016, featuring Mozart's Mass in C Minor, conducted by Ilan Volkov.  Read reviews of the performance here

Hilary was appointed Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society in 2016.  Her first concert with the group was a performance of Rachmaninov's Vespers at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 11 June 2016. Read the choir's press release here