Soprano Hilary Cronin studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Teresa Cahill and Helen Yorke. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma and an FTCL Diploma thanks to generous support from Trinity College London, Dame Susan Morden and Robinson Hearn.
Prior to this, Hilary read Music at Royal Holloway, University of London and, in her final year, she was awarded the Driver Prize for Excellence in Performance and The Dame Felicity Lott Bursary to help with postgraduate studies. She was a Choral Scholar of The Choir of Royal Holloway and performed solos on Hyperion discs and live BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts.
Hilary currently sings at Bartholomew-the-Great and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. Hilary has performed with several choirs and ensembles including The Monterverdi Choir, Arcangelo, Dunedin Consort, London Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Philharmonia Voices, Seraphim, Erebus Ensemble, Siglo de Oro, Echo, Sansara, St Martin's Voices, and the Chamber Choir of London.
Hilary’s operatic roles have included Grilletta (Lo Speziale - Haydn), Mrs Waters (The Boatswain's Mate - Smyth), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas - Purcell), Noemie (Cendrillon – Massenet), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck) and Cunegonde (Candide – Bernstein). In Operatic Scenes, Hilary has performed the roles of Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni - Mozart), La Musique (Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Charpentier), Rosmene (Imeneo - Handel), Lisette (La Rondine – Puccini), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito - Mozart), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance – Sullivan) and Yum-Yum (The Mikado - Sullivan). Experience of contemporary opera includes Susan (A Dinner Engagement – Berkeley) with Opera Dinamica, Tina (Flight – Dove) in Trinity’s Postgraduate Opera Scenes and Nance (Banished - McNeff) in Trinity's 2016 summer opera. Hilary covered the role of Minerva in Ulysses' Homecoming by Monteverdi and Diana in La Calisto by Cavalli for English Touring Opera's 2016 Autumn Season. Last summer, Hilary sang in the chorus of Cosi fan tutte with Nevill Holt Opera and also in Benvenuto Cellini with The Monteverdi Choir. This summer, Hilary will return to Nevill Holt Chorus to peform Verdi La Traviata and Mozart Don Giovanni.
In 2014, Hilary took part in a Competitive Masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott at The Three Choirs Festival in Worcester. Hilary sang to Dame Emma Kirkby and to Michael Chance at the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and has also sung in masterclasses with Janis Kelly and Kathryn Harries.
Hilary is in demand as an oratorio soloist and previous engagements include Strozzi's L'Astratto Cantata and Monteverdi Vespers with Dominic Ellis-Peckham and the London Oriana Choir and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Hilary regularly performs with the Will Todd Ensemble and with Istante Baroque. Upcoming solo performances include Handel Gloria, Haydn Nelson Mass, Poulenc Gloria, Handel Messiah, and Beethoven Mass in C.