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British Tenor Ben Thapa studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Royal Collage of Music and the International Academy of Voice, supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Wagner Society and the Joanian Trust.
Currently, Ben runs a busy diary on opera and concert stages across the UK (and abroad when possible).
Recent successes include Arbace (Indomeno at the Buxton Festival) and Slegfried (The Quest for the Ring, Royal Festival Hall/Opera North) as well as concert performances taking place in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. Martin-in-The-Fields and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Hilary is a freelance musician in the London and Essex area. From 2019-2022 she was Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Chelmsford Cathedral and is now concentrating more on choral conducting. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Hilary completed her M.Mus. in Organ Performance at McGill and was awarded the W. Douglas Clark Memorial prize and the Douglas Mackey prize for her studies. During her time in Montreal, Hilary was Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral. Since her move to England in 2011, Hilary has been an Organ scholar at Southwell Minster and Director of the Minster Girls’ Choir, Travis Organ Fellow at All Saints’ Church, Northampton and choir accompanist, Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral; where she regularly accompanied and conducted the acclaimed Cathedral Choir, trained the probationer choristers, and was Director of the Lincoln Cathedral Consort. Outside her work with cathedral and parish choirs in the UK and Canada, Hilary has worked with various community and school choirs such as the Cranmer Company of Singers, Lincoln Minster Preparatory School Choir, Chiara, and Lincoln Diocesan Ladies’ Choir, and regularly supports the Royal School of Church Music, both as tutor at their residential courses, and as Area Team Leader for Essex and East London. As an organ soloist, Hilary has given recitals at venues across the UK and has appeared on several CD recordings both as a singer and organist, including Southwell’s acclaimed recording of the Cavaillé-Coll organs in Sées cathedral. You can follow Hilary on Twitter: @hilarypunnett
OUR PROFESSIONALS
Musical Director: Hilary Punnett
Accompanist: Tom Rodgers