We are delighted to welcome Edwin Hillier as our new Music Director for the 2017/18 season.
Edwin is a Glasgow-based conductor, composer and baritone. He studied Music at the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, conductor of Christ’s College Music Society, and received regular tuition as part of Stephen Layton’s seminar course in choral conducting. He then embarked on two years as a professional singer with the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral, studying with Giles Underwood and Robert Dean. During this time he performed regularly as a soloist, in works including Israel in Egypt and the St John Passion with Bristol Choral Society and Bernstein’s Masswith the BBC National Chorus of Wales at the 2012 BBC Proms. Edwin was then awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music with Jonathan Cole and Kenneth Hesketh, graduating with Distinction in June 2014.
He returned to the RCM in September 2014 to commence doctoral studies in Composition whilst holding the position of Composer-in-Residence at Handel House for 2014-15. His works have been performed by artists and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Tête à Tête Opera, Lore Lixenberg, and recorded on the NMC Record Label.
Edwin has worked extensively as a choral conductor and vocal animateur. He held the position of Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Camden Town between 2013-15. Committed to outreach and education work, he has worked widely as a workshop leader with young people and is currently on the staff of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department, teaching at MusicWorks, Stirling. In addition to his post with Kelvin Choir, Edwin is musical director of the Kilbarchan Singers and sings regularly as a Baritone with the choirs of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and St Mungo’s Cathedral, Glasgow.