Who’s who?

Musical director: Hilary Campbell

Hilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist based in London. As well as being Musical Director of Chiswick Choir, Hilary is also the founder and director of professional chamber choir Blossom Street, and Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society and the Music Makers of London. She is currently also working as Associate Conductor of Ex Cathedra. Her guest work includes ensembles such as BBC Symphony Chorus, whom she prepared for a performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at the Proms, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Chorus, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers, the University of Greenwich Choir and the New London Singers.

In 2018, she undertook her first project as guest conductor of the BBC Singers. She also runs an annual project with Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir at the Royal Academy of Music, in conjunction with Blossom Street and the RAM composition department, and began working there in 2017 as a BMus Lecturer. In addition, she is conductor of P&O Ferries Choir, the group which won the BBC2 series The Choir, whom she met whilst filming for the series.

Hilary gained a Distinction for an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music; she was also awarded the three choral conducting prizes. At the Academy, she studied choral conducting with Patrick Russill, Paul Brough and Cathal Garvey, singing with Julie Kennard and composition with Ruth Byrchmore. She gained a Distinction for an MA in Vocal Studies at the University of York, and undertook an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in singing at Trinity College of Music.

Following her studies, she returned to the Royal Academy as the Meaker Fellow 2012-13, the first choral conductor to have been thus honoured, and this year was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). She now works there, too, as a BMus tutor. In addition to her regular conducting work, Hilary also acts as an adjudicator, choral workshop leader and guest conductor. She is a founder member of the Voices of London Festival, and cofounder of music workshop scheme VOCALIZE. With Blossom Street, she has released two award winning Naxos recordings, and she is also a published and prize-winning composer.

There’s more about Hilary on her own website.

Accompanist: Marija Stručkova

Lithuanian pianist Marija Stručkova is active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, and has won numerous accolades at international piano competitions and festivals. After receiving her master’s in piano performance at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Marija worked as a repetiteur at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre as well as the Vilnius City Opera.

In 2014, Marija was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to study a Master’s in Repetiteurship under the tutelage of Paul Plummer and Jonathan Plowright. In 2016/17, she was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist where she worked on La Bohème and Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as playing with the Scottish Opera Orchestra in productions of Bluebeard’s Castle and Glass’s The Trial. Most recently, Marija worked on Opera North’s season of Six Little Greats, where she was chief repetiteur for Osud and Cavalleria rusticana.

Marija joined Chiswick Choir as its accompanist in 2019.

Chairman: Tony Speakman

Details to follow

Management

The Chiswick Choir is registered as a Charity No 278765 whose objectives are to educate the public in the arts and sciences, and in particular the art and science of music, by the presentation of concerts and other activities. It is managed by a Committee of members who meet formally each term and host an Annual General Meeting in October.