Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Conductor - Paul Hilliam
Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Paul Hilliam was born in Canterbury and educated in Bournemouth. Following studies in London he worked as an oboist before turning to conducting. He now lives in Leicestershire.

While in London Paul formed the professional chamber orchestra London Camerata, receiving early encouragement from Lady Barbirolli and Ursula Vaughan Williams. He directed this Orchestra in concerts throughout the south east of England, appearing regularly at St John's Smith Square, London and in the Canterbury International Orchestral Series. Since 1999 Paul has been the Principal Conductor and Musical Director of the Heart of England Orchestra.

Engagements now take Paul to Britain's most prestigious venues, such as the Barbican Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, St. David's Hall in Cardiff and Buxton Opera House. His work abroad has included concerts and radio broadcasts in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and America.

In 2001 Paul conducted the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra in the USA in a performance of "Harmonic Rhythm", a new concerto for timpani by the American composer, Russell Peck. In England he has conducted premiere performances of works by composers including Douglas Coombes and Jeremy Pike.

Popular presenters with which Paul has worked include Brian Kay (BBC Radio 3) and John Suchet (ITN News).

Alongside Paul's work with professional orchestras, he is involved in conducting concerts for a wide range of amateur orchestras and choirs. He also enjoys conducting concerts for children. His educational work has included a workshop with members of the Philharmonia, concerts with young soloists from the Birmingham School's Symphony Orchestra and several interactive schools concerts with the Heart of England Orchestra.

I would recommend him most warmly for any opportunity which might be offered to him. Lady Barbirolli
Paul Hilliam conducted with polish… Arensky's pretty Variations after Tchaikovsky were delivered with grace; a Handel Concerto Grosso and Haydn's "La Chasse" Symphony were smoothly shaped and balanced. Good sense and excellent preparations were apparent. Financial Times
The Overture Prince Igor by Borodin, the Concerto for Violin by Brahms and the Symphony No 8 by Dvorak gave joy to the people of Pithiviers. The Charnwood Orchestra under the sensitive direction of its conductor knew how to bring out all the power of these works, with inexhaustible beauty. La Republique du Centre
The quality of the conductor Paul Hilliam shone not only in his discreet accompaniment and energetic decisiveness, but also in his valuable interpretations. With suggestive technical nuance and distinctive aplomb he displayed the rich sound world of this meditative and tension-loaded symphony by Haydn. Romania Libera
It was good to work with such a musical conductor. Anders Öberg (Principal Cellist, Royal Danish Orchestra)
It was a great pleasure to collaborate with Paul Hilliam at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, presenting a portrait of Beethoven's life. I do hope we can work together again. John Suchet
Paul Hilliam secured a thrilling reading of Dvorak's Sixth Symphony and accompanied alertly soloist Michal Kaznowski's account of Dvorak's Cello Concerto. The Birmingham Post
There were two outstanding musicians at Stamford Arts Centre. Conductor Paul Hilliam skillfully directed, coaxed and inspired his forces in Mozart's Overture to La Clemenza di Tito. John Anderson then performed the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss in a memorable and most enjoyable performance. Stamford Mercury
The Sutton Coldfield Orchestra achieved one of the greatest triumphs of its honorable history on Saturday night, delivering a moving and convincing account of Vaughan William's Fifth Symphony. Under the watchful measured direction of conductor Paul Hilliam the SCO performed with full throated, committed concentration. The Birmingham Post