Hilary first became actively engaged with music at secondary school: 'Dartington Hall' in Devon, England, starting to sing and play the piano and flute at thirteen. She made her debut as a soprano soloist at eighteen, singing Händel's Messiah. She went on to study singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Marjorie Thomas, Flora Nielsen and John Carol-Case, Rex Stephens, Clara Taylor and Alexander Kelly.
After graduating, with a L.R.A.M. Diploma, Hilary moved to The Netherlands, where she was soon much in demand as a soloist, appearing with the leading Dutch orchestras and choirs in all the major concert halls of the country. She also performed regularly in Belgium, France, Germany, Austria and Finland.
During her singing career, Hilary also built up a large practice of singing students and was asked onto the examinations board of The Schumann Academy to adjudicate solosinging exams and assess theses for the Singing Teacher Diploma. She worked together with Robert Holl, Corry Bijster, Guus Hoekman and Roger Vignoles, and most intensively with the famous Belgian singing teacher, Lucie Frateur, in order to be able to carry on her technical innovations as a voice coach.
In 2002, Hilary was invited by the Head of the Music Department of University College Cork in Ireland to take up a post there, teaching Vocal Studies, Art-Song and Opera. Since then, she has amassed a large practice of singing students and also founded 'The Orpheus Choir', a mixed-voiced choir.
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