Hilary Osborn is a music graduate of the University of Sheffield. Her chosen areas of study included vocal performance, Baroque authentic performance practice, mediaeval song, traditional and popular music, opera and music drama. She started classical vocal training at the age of 11 with Dorothy Murphy formerly of the Royal Opera House and later with the late John Dethick former Principal Baritone of the English National Opera. She has also participated in opera and performance workshops involving for example 18th century stage movement. She also attended a Jazz Master class for classical singers wanting to “crossover“ at the Royal Academy of Music with Dominic Aldus and Anita Wardell.
Her performance experience is extensive. In the 1970’s she sang with an Oxfordshire based opera company called “Divertimento” and took roles in productions in “La Traviata” and “Madam Butterfly”. She also has experience of many concert performances. Whenever possible she continues to perform in concerts and in recital in the Sheffield area with a wide-ranging repertoire including operatic classics, oratorio, leider, french song, jazz and more modern show and popular songs. She was a regular contributor to the “Live Music” and “Wider Opportunities” programmes in Sheffield Primary Schools.
Hilary holds an MA in Community Music from the University of York and is very active in Community Music circles. She has a passion for making performing and music opportunities available to everyone. She is an experienced choral conductor having directed a number of Community Choirs over the last twenty years including- Ladies and Mixed and Youth choirs. She is also knowledgeable about the Sheffield Local Carol Tradition and worked very closely with the late Jack Goodison to promote their continuation in the community.
In 2002 she founded Inyerface Theatre Company initially as an outlet for her students to perform http://www.inyerfacearts.com . The company organises regular concerts and produces a musical to be staged as part of the Sheffield Children’s Festival.