Internationally recognised for her work with some of the worldʼs leading opera houses and orchestras, Hannah has created education projects in eighteen different countries, carving a path as a presenter, composer and music director.
She has composed operas in 12 different languages, presented and devised BBC broadcast Proms, conducted shows at the O2 Arena and received commissions from Glyndebourne (When I Am Old), Garsington Opera (Heart In A Box), the English National Opera (The Fourth Eye), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Symphonic Fairytales), BBC Concert Orchestra (Amal And The Clockwork Tiger), London Symphony Orchestra Discovery, Britten Sinfonia and film work for the Royal Opera House. At the heart of her work always is intense collaboration and musical input from young people.
Her large scale work, The Freedom Game received its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2015 – a community opera commissioned by Surrey Arts to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. With a libretto by Sir Richard Stilgoe, it was composed for 1200 performers; three pro-opera singers, massed choirs, a professional chamber choir, several dance companies and an orchestra comprising 100 young players and professionals.
Sought regularly as a guest artist abroad, her work includes projects for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Opéra de Dijon, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonie, LʼOrchéstre de Paris, Muziekcentrum Van De Omroep, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She was engaged by the European Network for Opera and Dance Education (RESEO) to lead a series of creative opera residencies for professional musicians drawn from across the EU in Serbia (Madlenianum Opera), France (LʼOpera Bastille) and Sweden (Swedish Royal Opera).
Specialising in designing and presenting orchestral concerts for young audiences, Hannah has collaborated with the BBC Proms, Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, Sir Mark Elder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Roger Norrington, John Elliot Gardiner with the Monterverdi Choir and Orchestra and LSO Discovery Concerts, signing their first orchestral concerts for deaf children.
She was appointed Music Director of Glyndebourne Operaʼs Youth Company (2004-2011) and as Music Director of productions at the South Bank Centre for Southwark Splash (2007-2013) she conducted and arranged productions for massed choirs and multi-instrumentalists, engaging over 3600 young people.
She frequently leads professional development for artists and ensembles in creative educational practice, audience engagement, and composition including consultancy for the Royal Danish Opera, Het Muziek Theater, Fundacja Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, De Nederlandse Bach Vereniging the English National Ballet and for the charity Songbound in India.
Hannah is a moderator and speaker at EU cultural conferences and has guest lectured at the Royal Academy, Royal College of Music, Hague Conservatorium and at Cambridge University where she gained her MA (1995-9).
Hannah has led projects for children in Mumbai, Palestine and Bosnia, and continues to collect songs from the street in her travels across the globe including Mali, Tanzania, Guyana, Zambia and Malawi.