Internationally recognised for her work with some of the world’s leading opera houses and orchestras, Hannah has led projects in eighteen different countries, carving a path as a composer, presenter and music director. At the heart of her work always is intense collaboration and musical input from young people. In 2019 she was appointed Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera.
She has composed operas in 12 different languages, presented for BBC Radio 3, devised BBC Proms and received commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Opera House. The Freedom Game opera (2015) received its premiere at the Royal Albert Hall for 1200 performers and Beautiful World (2016) won the Education Middle East Performing Arts Award at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi.
Recent highlights include opera Dare to Dream (Royal Albert Hall 2019) for 1800 singers – devised in collaboration with young people from Uganda, Syria, Bangladesh and the UK; new music commissioned by the BBC Singers; Towards Another World, a promenade opera for the English National Opera and V&A museum; and A Young Known Voice, a work newly commissioned by the Acadamy of Ancient Music. Hannah has also been adjudicator for BBC Young Musician and was engaged by the EU commission as their key moderator for the EU Cultural Forum 2017, Milan.
Sought as a guest artist, she has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Opéra de Dijon, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonie, LʼOrchéstre de Paris, Muziekcentrum Van De Omroep, European Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
She was engaged by the European Network for Opera and Dance Education (RESEO) to direct 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)
Hannah 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.
She specialises in designing and presenting orchestral concerts for young audiences, for 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 presenting the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Concerts, also signing their first orchestral concerts for deaf children.
Hannah is engaged to moderate for the EU commission and contributes regularly within EU cultural conferences. She 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.