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Olivia was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School, then at Durham and Cambridge Universities, conducting the Hatfield Chamber Orchestra (Durham) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Choir (Cambridge). She was awarded a Choral Scholarship at Peterhouse Chapel Choir, Cambridge, having sung with Hatfield College Chapel Choir whilst at Durham. After moving to the South West, she spent five years conducting the choir of St Mary’s Church Fordingbridge before founding the Avon Valley Youth Choir which provides opportunities for talented local singers whilst raising funds for local charities.
At Godolphin School, Olivia directs Godolphin Voices, Godolphin Vocal Ensemble and the Senior String Ensemble. In Salisbury Cathedral, Olivia conducted a 400-strong choir of local school-children at the Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concerts 2012 and 2013. In 2014 she conducted a massed children’s choir in the orchestra-accompanied Folk Songs of the Four Seasons by Vaughan Williams. Olivia now works for the Barnardo's Young Supporters' Concerts in London, conducting massed choirs of over 500 school-children in the Barbican Hall in June 2018, and in Central Hall, Westminster in June 2019.
She has taken Godolphin Vocal Ensemble to sing at a variety of prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's Covent Garden, Oriel College Oxford, Sheffield City Hall, Albert Hall Nottingham and the Lowry Theatre at BBC Media City in Salford. Under Olivia’s direction, Vocal Ensemble has appeared on the BBC Songs of Praise competition in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018, receiving the runners-up trophy in 2012. The choir won the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition in 2011 and 2015.
In 2016, Vocal Ensemble was invited to sing for the Barnardo’s 150th Anniversary service in St Paul’s Cathedral which attracted attention from the national press. The choir is currently commissioning a cycle of four songs for SSA and harp to the words of Julian of Norwich. In 2017 ‘All Shall Be Well’ by Carol J Jones, in 2018 'Our Endless Day' by Hilary Campbell, and in 2019 'Love was his meaning' by Gemma McGregor. In 2020 the composer will be Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir.