John Hosking & Olivia Hunt

Biography John Hosking & Olivia Hunt

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.

In 2013 she made her solo debut in the North Wales International Music Festival, returning in 2015 as soloist in the Mozart Requiem, and 2016 to sing a variety of works on the Festival's opening night. She opened the 2017 Conwy Festival with Ensemble 1677, 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, later published on YouTube.

Olivia appears as the soloist in John Hosking's Requiem on All Angels Cry Aloud (Regent Records) with the Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge. She has been broadcast several times on the BBC's Introducing scheme and interviewed live on the Radio Wales' Arts Show.

Olivia is the recipient of the 2018 Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Sickle Foundation Award for services to Welsh music, recently performing a commissioned work at the Cardiff Senedd in a concert to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Company.

John Hosking
is a freelance organist, conductor and composer based in North Wales.

A student at the Royal College of Music, John became Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey in 1996 and is the only person to ever hold this post for a period of three years. During this time, John played the organ for many Royal and State occasions, broadcast for the BBC and played 20 solo recitals in the Abbey.

After graduating, John acted as Assistant Organist at Lincoln and Truro Cathedrals before being appointed Master of the Choir at Bramdean School in Exeter, broadcasting with the choir on Sky News and CNN.

In much demand as a recitalist and accompanist, John appears on several commercial CDs; his latest, "Variation", is recorded at St. Asaph Cathedral for the Regent Label. He made his recital debut at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris in 2015.

Increasingly active as a composer, John has completed commissions for Bangor, Chester, Ely and Peel Cathedrals, Martin Baker (organist), St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Conwy Festival. His Requiem was premiered in the 2013 North Wales International Music Festival and his large-scale work, "The Seven Trumpets" premiered in December 2013. John's new setting of the Requiem, "Missa pro defunctis" was premiered on opening night of the 2016 North Wales International Music Festival to a capacity audience. ​

The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge together with the Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir have recently released complete disc of his choral works for Regent Records to critical acclaim. John's latest work for organ, "The 14 Stations of the Cross" commissioned as part of Sebastian Thomson's "Angels of Creation" series has recently been released on the Convivium label and was labelled "Editor's Choice" in the Organists' Review magazine. All of his compositions are published by the Chichester Music Press.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the ISM. His compositions have been broadcast twice on the BBC’s “Introducing” scheme.​

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