About Hannah

Internationally recognised for her work with leading opera houses, orchestras, cultural networks and arts organisations, Hannah has directed projects in eighteen countries as a composer, artistic director and presenter. At the heart of everything is dynamic collaboration with diverse and under-represented communities to create new music and stories.

She is the founder and Executive Director of Sound Voice, a company specialised in developing making new music and performance installations by drawing together interdisciplinary experts; people with lived experience and professionals from the healthcare, scientific, biomedical research and technology sectors. In 2021 she created a critically acclaimed, immersive opera-video installation, The Sound Voice Project, exploring stories of voice loss and identity. She was awarded the prestigious Alternate Realities Award for the best innovative non-fiction work at international film festival Sheffield Doc Fest 2022. Her music has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Breakfast Television and featured by the Sunday Times, Guardian and on the BBC news homepage.

She has composed operas in 12 different languages and Dare To Dream (Garsington Opera, 2019) and The Freedom Game (2015) both premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, each featuring 2000 singers. Water In The Desert (NYU, Abu Dhabi 2018) was commissioned by the Emirati Ministry of Culture and Beautiful World (2016) won the Education Middle East Performing Arts Award at the National Theatre, UAE.

Other commissions include the English National Opera (Towards Another World, V&A Museum 2019), London Symphony Orchestra (Max The Brave, 2014), Glyndebourne Opera (When I Am Old, 2010), the BBC Singers (Tale of Two Dragons, 2019), BBC Concert Orchestra (Amal And The Clockwork Tiger, 2013), Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Symphonic Fairytales, 2002), Royal Opera House (Floria, 2009) and the Academy of Ancient Music (A Young Known Voice, 2017)

She was Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera, the award winning performing arts charity from 2019-2021, working with the homeless sector and their clients.

She has been a guest broadcaster for BBC Radio 3 and adjudicator for BBC Young Musician. She is moderator for the European Commission’s flagship EU cultural conferences, notably for the direct dialogue between the Cultural and Creative sectors with Commissioner Gabriel, the European Parliament and Council in 2020 and the EU Cultural Forum 2017 in Milan.

Sought regularly as a guest artist, Hannah has collaborated with 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 has directed opera residencies for the European Network for Opera and Dance Education (RESEO) in Serbia (Madlenianum Opera), France (LʼOpera Bastille) and Sweden (Swedish Royal Opera).

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, for the charity Songbound in India (Mumbai/Bangalore) and Mostar Sinfonietta, Bosnia.

Hannah has presented concerts for audiences at the BBC Proms, with 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, Sir 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 was Music Director of productions at the Southbank Centre for Southwark Splash (2007-2013) where she conducted and created music theatre productions for massed choirs and multi-instrumentalists, engaging over 3600 young people.

Hannah has guest lectured at the Royal Academy, Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire (UK), Prins Claus Conservatorium and Hague Conservatorium (Netherlands), Institute of Education (UCL, London) and at Cambridge University where she gained her MA (1995-9). She continues to pursue her passion collect songs from the street in her travels across the globe including Mali, Tanzania, Guyana, Cuba, Zambia and Malawi.