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.
In the latest release in Willowhayne Records' acclaimed Experience series, organist John Hosking is joined by soprano Olivia Hunt, violinist Xander Croft and harpist Bethan Griffiths in a varied programme from St Asaph Cathedral.
With two world premiere recordings of the music of John Hosking, the recording also includes music by J. S. Bach, Léon Boellmann, Lili Boulanger (her beautiful Pie Jesu) and Sigfrid Karg-Elert's Symphonic Chorale 'Nun ruhen alle Wälder.' More >>
Musick to Heare is soprano Olivia Hunt's debut solo recording, and showcases a wide range of sacred and secular song throughout the ages.John Hosking accompanies on three rather striking instruments: an Italian replica harpsichord built by Goble, the Hill, Norman & Beard organ designed by George Guest and William Mathias at Bangor University, and a Steinway concert grand. Olivia's naturally pure yet colourful tone shines throughout this recording, bringing a new lease of life to the later repertoire. Her effortless upper range and rich lower range make this essential listening. More >>