GILLIAN CULLEN Heroes Don’t Dance, Cambridge Corn Exchange.

“Peter Grimes and Ellen Orford are definitely role models for George and
Gillian Cullen (sung by Jozik Koc and Jillian Arthur). And while these two valiant pros show just what the fully-trained operatic voice is made of strong amateur ensembles grow even stronger…

Hilary Finch, Opera.

” …and Jillian Arthur handled the whole thing with real accomplishment

Michael White, The Independent on Sunday.

AGATHE Opera Omnibus, Haslemere.

” .. Jillian Arthur sang Agnes with real quality in her well-trained soprano voice. Her acting is as natural as her singing and together with her charming manner, this young performer clearly has a most promising future.

Peter Tatlow,The Stage.

review-3Photography by Richard H Smith


Individual Teaching

I teach children and adults, preparing students for concerts, auditions, diplomas and graded examinations. Concentrating on a relaxed posture, improving breath control, vocal quality, and increasing vocal range, emphasis is also given to musical training and sight singing.

Currently teaching at Kingston Grammar School and the Millais School in West Sussex, I also have a number of private adult and junior students. Following the success of the first “Tea and Songs” charity concert last year given with some of my students, this event is now planned to be held annually.

Group Teaching

At the invitation of Mr. Carl Jackson MVO, Choirmaster at the Chapel of Hampton Court Palace, I gave a series of vocal workshops for the choristers.

As vocal coach/adviser I have given support to several school productions and also ran a series of vocal workshops for the participants of Heroes Don’t Dance following the Cambridge Corn Exchange performances.

From Students

“I will never EVER forget you! You have been such an amazing singing teacher, thank you so much for all the support that you have given me over the years!” E. A. (soprano).

“I have to say once more thank you for everything you’ve helped me achieve, and for re-igniting my love of singing, I wouldn’t be doing it without your help and support. ” O. G. (baritone).

“Thank you very, very much for everything you have taught me!!! I have learnt so much and have many wonderful memories from our time together.” R. S. (soprano).

“Thank you so much for teaching me for the last few years! I have really enjoyed the lessons; they have been so much fun!” P. F. (mezzo soprano).

  • Licentiate of Trinity College of Music
  • Member of the Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Full Equity Member
  • Fully CRB checked


Jillian Arthur was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and trained at Trinity College of Music, with Iris Bourne and Elizabeth Hawes.

She was then awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music Opera School, where she studied with Marion Studholme, winning the Carrie Tubb Prize.

On leaving the Royal College, she was awarded a scholarship to study Lieder at the Mozarteum, Salzburg and was a finalist in Morriston Orpheus Welsh Singer of the Year, at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.

Jillian made her operatic debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1992 as a Young Nun in The Fiery Angel, Prokofiev. She sang an Apprentice for the Royal Opera’s production of Die Meistersinger (director Graham Vick), and in the same production at the Teatro Reggio, Turin.

Jillian Arthur