RESONATE: Elizabeth Hilliard

RESONATE: Elizabeth Hilliard

RESONATE: Elizabeth Hilliard

Highly regarded for her imaginative and dramatic interpretations of new music, soprano Elizabeth Hilliard will work with composer Gráinne Mulvey to create a new, comic work for voice and tape.

Inspired by “spam” - those ads for medical products that seem to appear in the middle of random text on the internet - it will be presented alongside existing work during their finale performance at The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon.

Irish Soprano Elizabeth Hilliard is an exceptional singer based in Dublin and is widely regarded as an imaginative and dramatic interpreter of new music. She has worked in close collaboration with composers including Gráinne Mulvey, Jennifer Walshe, Christopher Fox and David Bremner and champions Irish art, music and composers, achieving recognition in the US and UK as well as her native country. She has been supported in her career by bursaries from Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Creative Ireland, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and South Dublin County Council.

Current projects include Crushbar: a collaboration with visual artist Louise Manifold, composer Evangelia Rigaki and percussionist Richard O’Donnell, Pomegranate, a long duration installation by Evangelia Rigaki with text by Marina Carr, Slow Recognition, an experimental opera by David Bremner, directed by Hélène Montague.

In 2021, she presented How The World Begins Again, a short feature series for RTÉ lyric fm on women composers and sound artists from Ireland.

Gráinne Mulvey is a composer of acoustic and electronic music. She also likes to collaborate with other art forms particularly video, dance, art installations and liaise with improv groups.

She has written for many soloists such as soprano, Elizabeth Hilliard, cellist Martin Johnson, principal cellist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, clarinettist Paul Roe, flautist Joe O’Farrell, pianists Thérese Fahy, Nathalia Milstein, (winner of the International Dublin Piano Festival 2014,) and Matthew Schellhorn, Duncan Honeybourne, to name but a few. Ensembles such as Concorde, Hard Rain Soloists Ensemble, ACME in Chicago, Ensemble MISE-EN, Crash Ensemble, Platypus Ensemble and orchestras: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, The Northern Sinfonia, UK, and the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra have championed her music.

Her music has been performed, recorded, broadcast and published across the globe. Releases of her music on CD labels include Metier, Divine Art Recordings, PARMA, AUDIOR, RMN and for various festival promotional CDs. She has won many awards and has represented Ireland at the ISCM World Music Days in 2008, 2009 and the International Rostrum of Composers in 1994, 2006 and 2015. She is a member of Aosdána.

Her music is published by Babel Scores, France, Prairie Dawg Press, NY, CMC, Ireland.

Sample Work

Previous work by Elizabeth Hilliard and Gráinne Mulvey include Great Women premiered as part of Dublin International Chamber Music Festival, directed by Hélène Montague and John Comiskey at the State Apartments, Dublin Castle.