Graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music with solo, chamber and contemporary music prizes, Hilary joined the Trio Sentire in Sweden, and then Ensemble Modern, based in Frankfurt. In a period of over 20 years she performed on both viola and violin with the Ensemble in all the principal concert halls and on radio stations in both hemispheres. The Ensemble gained worldwide attention with their collaboration with Frank Zappa in the Yellow Shark, along with many of our leading contemporary composers.
Hilary has guest-led many of the leading European contemporary chamber ensembles, and been a guest principle with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Rambert, and the Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square, She is a member of the Rasumovsky quartet, whose recent recordings include William Allwyn's 3 Quartets, and chamber music by James Friskin. As a member of Apartment House, a contemporary chamber ensemble, she was awarded the Philharmonic Society Award for the Most Outstanding Chamber Music in 2011.
Hilary is much in demand as a teacher, adjudicator and conductor throughout the UK. She is Head of Strings at St Paul's Girls' School, and Professor at the Royal College of Music. Hilary has coached and conducted many youth orchestras both here and abroad - LSSO, LSCO, NCO, Imperial College Orchestra, Guernsey Orchestra, and taught at Pro Corda, and Musicworks. She is a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board and an examiner for AQA exam board. This summer Hilary recorded the new 2015 syllabus Grades 1-4 for the Associated Board.
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