How long have you been playing the flute?
I started when I was 8 years old, so… 20 years! Wait, have I just given away how old I am?!
Where did you study?
At the Royal College of Music for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam on an erasmus exchange and before that at the Purcell School for Young Musicians.
What made you decide to play the flute?
My best friends at junior school played an instrument beyond the regular recorder lessons so I was desperate to learn something! I didn’t mind what it was but it ended up being the flute because a vacancy became available for lessons at school. My mum learnt the flute a little whilst studying at art college so she was already a fan and desperate to move me on from playing Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” on the recorder at 7.a.m. everyday! She bought me a tape (pre-online streaming and CD’s!) of the famous flautist James Galway and I was hooked! It took me a good two weeks to even get a sound and my teacher thought I might have better suited the clarinet but I was determined.
More about Hannah...
London Philharmonic Orchestra (including Glyndebourne), English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Multi-Story Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Bath Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of India, Albert’s Band, Royal Ballet Sinfonia (extra list), Northern Sinfonia (extra list), BBC Symphony Orchestra (extra list), Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields (extra list).
Musical Theatre Credits:
An American in Paris (west end) - deputy, The Snowman (west end) - deputy, The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve).
Awards and Scholarships:
RCM Foundation scholar, RCM flute prize, BFS competition winner, Craxton Memorial Trust, Help Musicians UK.
London Philharmonic Orchestra Future Firsts Scheme, London Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Academy, London Sinfonietta Academy.
Music Off Canvas – cross arts collective (director). www.musicoffcanvas.com
Purcell School for Young Musicians – second study flute teacher.
Sound And Music Summer School for young composer – artist.
London Philharmonic Orchestra - workshop assistant.
What is your favourite piece to play with Tempest?
Ooo, hard question! Our repertoire is so varied, it’s hard to pick just the one piece! But I think I will go with Shringara by Duncan Ward. It features the bansuri flutes which are just gorgeous and so rarely heard in our musical culture and also choreographed movements which I am really in to having grown up wanting to be a ballerina! I love to see the surprise on the audiences’ faces when they encounter unexpected staging.
What’s your favourite thing about playing in a chamber group?
I love to discover and perform lesser-known works written for chamber groups. The feeling of creating a very special and intimate atmosphere when playing in a chamber group is a very empowering and nourishing feeling too… I am also a fan of the rehearsals with endless cups of tea and plenty of chatter!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing the flute?
I love travelling so try to discover a new place whenever I can get away. Walks in the countryside followed by good pub-grub ticks all the boxes for me! I also have a hobby of up-cycling furniture and making Christmas decorations (at the right time of year!)