This page contains biographies of soloists who have performed or will be performing with the St. Asaph Choral Society.
OLIVIA HUNT began singing as a Chorister of Chester Cathedral, culminating her time there as Head Chorister. As a member of the Cathedral Choir, she took part in numerous television and radio broadcasts, both as a soloist (notably the televised Christmas Day Eucharist from the Cathedral in 2009) and as part of the choir. In 2009, Olivia was a finalist at BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year competition, singing at St. Paul’s Cathedral to a capacity audience. Studying with Edward Hartwell-Jones, she achieved Grade Eight singing with distinction and passed the Advanced Certificate in performance. She now studies with Damian O’Keeffe and has also had a consultation lesson with Dame Emma Kirkby.
Olivia graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a First-Class honours degree in Biomedical Science. In 2013 she made her solo debut in the North Wales International Music Festival, returning in 2015 to sing the soprano solos in the Mozart Requiem and 2016 to sing a variety of works on the Festival’s opening night. She opened the 2017 Conwy Festival, took the part of “Dido” in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, sang the soprano solo parts in Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” and the Handel “Messiah” and gave a solo recital in the 2018 Beaumaris Festival. She has also performed solo recitals in Truro and Bristol Cathedrals.
Her interest in combining music with acting led to her partaking in a workshop with Welsh National Opera, after which she was invited to take part in their series of flashmob operas performed in Wrexham, and published on YouTube. In 2014 she performed “The Gondoliers” with Opera della Luna.
Olivia appears as the soloist in John Hosking’s “Requiem” on the Regent CD “All Angels Cry Aloud” with the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge. She has been broadcast six times on the BBC’s “Introducing” scheme and interviewed live on the Radio Wales Arts Show. She is a fully qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and runs her own successful business, O.H. Equine Therapy as well as working as an NHS Theatre Assistant.
Olivia was the recipient of the 2018 Worshipful Livery Company of Wales “Sickle Foundation Award” for services to Welsh music; she performed a commissioned work at the Cardiff Senedd last year in a concert to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Company. She is also a Verger and Deputy Lay Clerk at Chester Cathedral and sang with the choir for a live broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 in September 2018. She has recently released her first solo disc, “Musick to Heare” with John Hosking for the Willowhayne label in conjunction with Naxos Global Logistics. She and John will release a further Willowhayne CD later in 2019 and they have recently performed a concert as part of the London International Exhibition of Early Music.
“Olivia Hunt’s soprano solos cut through the rest of the score with plangent ease and security” – The Organ Magazine