Irish Soprano Elizabeth Hilliard

Performing Os Ard in The Model, Sligo in Jennifer Walshe’s A Worlding

Elizabeth Hillliard is a singer based in Dublin. She is widely regarded as an exceptional performer, and an imaginative and dramatic communicator, of new music. She works in close collaboration with Christopher Fox, Jennifer Walshe, Gráinne Mulvey and David Bremner, and is considered an authoritative interpreter of their vocal music. She has been supported in her career with bursaries and residencies from the Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon, Creative Ireland, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Current projects include a collaboration with Louise Manifold for her Air Looms exhibition at the Dock, an algorithmic screen-share text improv collaboration and an experimental opera, Slow Recognition, both with composer David Bremner. 2021 performances include the world premiere of Gráinne Mulvey’s Great Women at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival (June 2021); St. Brigid’s Day 2021 celebration presented by CMC and Irish Embassy, Hungary performing Gráinne Mulvey’s Carlow Song-Cycle with guitarist Anselm McDonnell (February 2021); a song recital with pianist David Bremner for the Finding A Voice Festival featuring songs by Nadia Boulanger and Rhona Clarke (March 2021). She is also preparing a solo live-stream recital featuring works by Enno Poppe, Chaya Czernowin, Steven Daverson and Os Ard, the Irish language version of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate collected in Jennifer Walshe’s aisteach.org archive.

Highlights of her career to date include: An invitation to London with the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland to perform in both The Irish Embassy in London and Cafe OTO for the 2018 launch of CMC’s promotional album new music::new Ireland three, presentation of and musical director of Béal 2016, a 2-day festival of the unaccompanied vocal-ensemble music by Jennifer Walshe, including the Irish premiere of much of her music and a newly-commissioned work.

Her debut album Sea to the West in 2016 was acclaimed by Colin Clarke in Fanfare Archive as ‘a highly specialized but massively rewarding disc’. She performed in Jennifer Walshe’s Ireland: A Dataset in the Imagining Ireland series live-streamed by the National Concert Hall of Ireland, which was highlighted by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as one of the Top 10 Performances of 2020.

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