Hilary is active as a composer and performer across different music genres, though her principal training is in classical music and she holds university music degrees, including a master’s (with distinction) in Music Composition, and a diploma in Piano Performance. Her piano teachers have included George Hadjinikos, Charles Hopkins, and Tuula Hanhinen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where she studied composition and piano on a Finnish Government Scholarship. As a composer, Hilary’s music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM and performed on both sides of the Atlantic and at festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and London’s Music We’d Like to Hear, where she also appeared as a pianist.
As a music educator, Hilary has specialised in working with adults since the early 2000s. She holds a Performing Arts post-compulsory (16+ education) PGCE from the Institute of Education. Alongside her extensive experience of teaching adult music students, she has supported and helped develop the skills of dozens of music and other creative arts teachers as a teacher trainer, mentor and curriculum leader in adult learning. Hilary’s group piano teaching practice featured in nationwide music teacher training materials used as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing-funded ‘Music for Life’ project. She also contributed recently to the development of Making Music’s ‘Adult Music Learning Manifesto 2020’.
Visit Hilary’s webpage: http://www.hilaryrobinson.com