Hannah’s first singing experience was with the Leicester Philharmonic youth choir in 1994 under the leadership of Robert Howes and David Lawrence. Since then she has gone on to make singing her life, studying with ABCD on their intermediate and advanced choral conducting courses and in 2014 gaining an LRSM distinction in choral directing. She now leads several community and office choirs in London.
In 2015 the BBC named her an Unsung Hero for her work with community choir Victoria Park Singers.
2016 saw her perform with Gary Barlow at his Royal Variety show performance, where she coached the choir of WI ladies and her own singers. She also sang as part of Gary’s choir on Strictly Come Dancing.
Her warm personality and infectious enthusiasm for all styles of music is apparent. From the age of 16 Hannah sang with jazz bands and many solo and choral performances followed, including as part of a gospel choir backing Wynton Marsalis at the Barbican for the European premier of his Abysinnian Mass. She also DJs and has sung on a number of dance records.
She is Estill voice trained and is an advocate of good vocal technique and happy, healthy singing!
What was the first piece you conducted? Don’t remember , probably something gospelly when I was about 16 …
What is your favourite piece of music? (choral or non choral) It changes regularly… anything from Morten Lauridson to Wrecking Ball… anything played by Bill Evans, his heart comes out when he plays.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? My parents
Where did you grow up? Leicester
What single item could you not live without? Laptop