Hilary first started approaching the Blue Calluna musicians in the autumn of 2017. She had an idea for a new band and was starting to write music with a smaller group in mind (after spending two years involved with Terry Pack's large ensemble Trees and writing for up to 40 players).
She sketched out a possible 12 or 13 tunes for a future gig and possible album, and started focussing on one song at a time. Being someone who gets easily overwhelmed, she decided to do the rehearsing and recording in two batches with a couple of months between each batch. This gave her time to completely focus on finishing the first group of tunes before moving onto the next group. Breaking down the process in that way made the whole project more manageable.
Hilary plays alto sax and flute, alongside Lucy Pickering (vocals, flute); Kate Hogg (alto sax, flute, bansuri flute); Beccy Rork (tenor, soprano sax, flute); Steve Morgan (keyboards); Dave Barnard (bass guitar); Alex Eberhard (drums, guitar); Chris Stockel (percussion, drums).