The Voices of London Festival is run by a team of graduates of the Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious choral conducting department. All are active in London’s thriving choral scene as conductors and/or accompanists. This year we are joined by event coordinator and composer, Rosamund Hatfield.
Hilary Campbell is Musical Director of Blossom Street, Bristol Choral Society, Dorking Choral Society, the Music Makers of London and Chiswick Choir. She is also conductor of several office choirs and Assistant Conductor of Barts Choir. Her guest work includes ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Daily Service Singers. 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. Following her studies, she returned as the Meaker Fellow 2012-13, the first choral conductor to have been thus honoured.
James Dixon moved from Australia to London to undertake studies at the Royal Academy of Music under Patrick Russill. Before he left Australia, he was Assistant Director of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, and a school music teacher. He is now the Associate Director at Our Lady & the English Martyrs, Cambridge, and works with VOCALIZE: Blackheath, Peterborough Take Note and the Friends’ Musick. He is in demand as a conductor, choral singer, accompanist and educator in the UK and Australia.
Richard Harker is Musical Director of The Hythe Singers, the Wallace Singers, Teatime Opera, Landmark Sound, APPS Singers, and associate conductor of St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus. He is assistant conductor for Dulwich Chamber Choir, and is European Musical Director for RelaxSing Tours. Richard graduated with an MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Thomas Armstrong Prize; he read music at, and was organ scholar of, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Composer and musical coordinator Rosamund Hatfield studied at Cambridge and Boston Universities under Martin Amlin, Brett Abigana and Jeremy Thurlow. Her work is eclectic, drawing from the ancient to the contemporary. Rosamund has worked with groups such as The Sixteen, The Monteverdi Choir and English Touring Opera. Current roles include management of Siglo de Oro, General Manager of Highbury Young Singers and Manager of the St Peter’s Concert Series.
Helen Smee grew up in East London, starting piano lessons aged five. She studied Music at Peterhouse, Cambridge and Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the Alan Kirby Prize. Helen is Director of Music at St Mary’s Merton, Director of youth choir Middle Ground and is active as a freelance conductor, organist and accompanist in London.