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Joy Hill

MA BEd (hons) FRSA

Joy directs the Royal College of Music Junior Department Chamber and Girls’ Choirs. She also conducts the Vigala Singers, which comprises RCMJD Chamber Choir alumni, and the Purcell School Chamber Choir, where she is also a member of the academic music department. She is well known for her commitment to performances of music by young student composers as well as by leading contemporary composers.

Joy also works increasingly as a conductor and adjudicator internationally, most recently in Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (supported by a bursary from the Arts Council of Great Britain), Italy, South Africa, and Uganda.

Originally a first-study pianist studying with Eric Parkin and Christopher Elton, Joy went on to work in music education as a teacher, advisory teacher and lecturer. She won a scholarship to study conducting with Jon Washburn in Vancouver, Canada, and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship (2002 -2003) to study the process of choral education and the teaching of choral conducting in Sweden.

She was Senior Lecturer in Music and Music Education, University of Surrey Roehampton, Lecturer at the Institute of Education London University and member of the Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music. Her published research focuses on conducting young voices and choral performance practice. Joy received the honorary title ’Magistra Choiri’ from the Croatian Choral Association while guest presenter at the First Scientific and Artistic Symposium on Choral Music in Zagreb, 2010.

Joy has been involved in many projects that bring different cultures together through choral music and is founder and director of New Commonwealth Voices who have sung with soloists Melvin Tan and Njabulo Madlala. The RCMJD Chamber Choir have performed with the African Children’s Choir in Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, also with The Riga Chamber Choir and the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir. Vigala Singers have performed in Sweden alongside the Youth Choir of St. Jacob’s, Stockholm, as guest choir at the Estonian Choral Directors Seminar in Vigala, Estonia, with SaxEst from Tallinn in London and, supported by the Estonian Embassy in the USA, in both New York and Washington.

‘He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ performed by the RCMJD Chamber Choir, under the direction of Joy Hill, was impressively assured and the interpretation most imaginative….. The result was spellbinding. (Howard Skempton)

I have always marvelled at her unique ability to inspire singers to produce outstanding performances of great intelligence and musicality. The premiere of my piece ‘A ship with unfurled sails’ was outstanding – sensitive, beautifully balanced and poised. (Gabriel Jackson)

Faculties / departments: Junior Department


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