Hannah was born in Bristol and took up the French horn at the age of 10. She had a somewhat relaxed introduction to music, but thoroughly enjoyed learning with Dave Thomas - who which she owes her musical career to! In 2009 she was offered a place to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with the help of outstanding tuition by Emma Frost. At RWCMD she studied with Angus West and Tim Thorpe and received masterclasses from David Pyatt, Angela Barnes, Szabolcs Zemplini and Anthony Halstead. Hannah has also worked with Froydis Ree Wekre, Thomas Hauschild and Anneke Scott.
During her studies, Hannah took up the opportunity to travel to Finland on the Erasmus Course for four months. She studied at The Sibelius Academy with Erja Joukamo - Ampuja, performed live on Finnish Television and got to visit Santa and the reindeers in Lapland!
On her return, Hannah was awarded the placement scheme with the Welsh National Opera and still enjoys working with the orchestra today. After receiving a First Class Honours degree in 2013, Hannah toured with the WNO performing Donizetti's Anna Bolena. She also made a recording with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as performing in the 2013 BBC Proms as a member of the off-stage brass section in Strauss' Alpine Symphony.
After completing her degree, Hannah was offered the Ann Driver Trust Scholarship to study for a Master's in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Timothy Jackson, Julian Plummer, Lindsey Stoker and Beccy Goldberg, graduating with distinction in 2015.
Shortly after her graduation and having won the RNCM Concerto Prize earlier in 2015, Hannah performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with her esteemed colleagues and friends, Marcus Norman, Sam Brough and Amy Roberts, following a performance on Radio 3's In Tune.
Recent Orchestral employers include, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Orchestra of the Swan, British Sinfonietta, Welsh Session Orchestra and Mozart Symphony Orchestra. Performances include: Holst's Planets, Strauss' Sinfonia Domestica, Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, Pini di Roma by Respighi, Strauss' Alpine Symphony and finally performing at The Last Night of the Welsh Proms.
Hannah has performed under the baton of Sir Karl Jenkins and Krzysztof Penderecki, performing their own works, The Armed Man, by Jenkins and Penderecki's 7th Symphony. Hannah has also had the privilege to perform with the likes of Alfie Boe, Kerry Ellis, Connie Fisher, John Owen Jones, CBBC's Andy Day and Jonathan Antoine, from Britains Got Talent Opera Duo, Charlotte and Jonathan. Hannah has also appeared on Live Television performing on the "The Paul O'Grady Show" and the ITV quiz show "Keep it in the Family", hosted by Bradley Walsh.
Hannah has now moved back to her home town of Bristol where she is pursuing her musical career. She works as Head of Senior Centre with South Gloucestershire Music Hub and also works as an Associate Music Teacher for the Centre. Further teaching includes Millfield School in Street, the Royal High School in Bath and Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School in Bristol.
In addition to this, Hannah freelances around the country performing with a number of orchestras and her ensemble, a2 Horn Duo (see page).
"We booked Hannah to help on our stand at the Bristol Old Vic 250th anniversary celebrations. She played the horn brilliantly, and was excellent with the children who tried out the various instruments. Hannah is highly professional and is a natural team player. I wouldn't hesitate in booking her again." - Dagmar Smeed, Head of Marketing St George's Bristol
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