Hilary Llystyn Jones

Hilary Llystyn JonesBorn in Llandudno, North Wales, Hilary studied singing, piano and harp at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, and continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Noelle Barker.

Hilary has taught the choral scholars and students of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and young singers in the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music. She has devoted herself to the training of boys’ and girls’ voices, teaching the Cathedral Choristers of England’s major cathedrals.  She is the only female who does this specialised training with so many different choirs in England.

Hilary has worked with David Hill for over 17 years both at Westminster and Winchester Cathedrals, as well as assisting with the voicing of the London Bach Choir, of which he is director.  She was vocal coach to the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus from 1995 – 2000 and since 1992 several choristers trained by Hilary have won or been finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year.  The 2003 and 2004 winners were all taught by Hilary.

Her growing reputation has taken her on regular visits abroad, to Rattvik in Sweden as vocal coach to the Boys Choir Festival, where she worked alongside Sir David Willcocks, and to Bergen Cathedral in Norway, where she has been assisting Asbjorn Flam with the boys’ choir.

Hilary is co-author of “GivingVoice”, a book on choir training and conducting, published by Kevin Mayhew.  She also contributed to a Swedish book by Staffan Liljas entitled “Gosskorboken” about choral training.  Her latest publication project, “Girls’ Developing Voices” was written for the RSCM’s “Voice for Life” scheme.