Hannah

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

She was appointed Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera from 2019-2021, the award winning opera company and charity renowned for their ground-breaking work with the homeless sector and their clients. She arrived with the organisation to manage a time of great change, replacing founder/director Matt Peacock MBE. Developing their artistic strategy, she pioneered their creative engagement and outreach during the COVID pandemic reaching some of the most vulnerable in society living in hotels/hostels with projects including Streetsong – exploring how song-writing on the streets with people sleeping rough might enable homeless sector services and outreach workers to develop new understanding/relationships with their clients.

Internationally, Hannah is highly sought as a guest artist/artistic director, leading 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 has directed professional opera residencies for the European Network for Opera and Dance Education (RESEO) and in Serbia (Madlenianum Opera), France (LʼOpera Bastille) and Sweden (Swedish Royal Opera).

PRESENTER (on-stage and radio broadcaster)

Hannah has presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and was an adjudicator for BBC Young Musician Of The Year. She has moderated the European Commission’s flagship EU cultural conferences, notably in 2020 for the direct dialogue between the Cultural and Creative sectors with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, the European Parliament and Council and The EU Cultural Forum (2017) in Milan.

As a leading music educationalist over the past 25 years, Hannah has presented and programmed hundreds of orchestral concerts for schools and families including on stage for the BBC Proms, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski – the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, Sir Mark Elder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir John Elliot Gardiner and the Monterverdi Choir and Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, sign interpreting their first orchestral concerts for deaf children in 1999 at the Barbican Hall.

KEY-NOTE SPEAKER / GUEST LECTURER /  CONSULTANCY WORK

Hannah sought after internationally as a consultant in creative educational practice, audience engagement, and co-creative composition, invited regularly to speak at music, digital media and educational conferences including FEDORA, the International Music and Media Centre (IMZ), PROCOL Lebanon conference Beruit, National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE), IMZ Avant Premiere Berlin and consultancy including the Metropole Orkest (Netherlands), the Royal Danish Opera, Het Muziek Theater, Fundacja Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, De Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, the English National Ballet, Songbound (India) and the Mostar Sinfonietta, Bosnia.

Hannah has guest lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire (UK), Anglia Ruskin University, Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen and Den Haag Conservatorium (The Netherlands), Institute of Education, University College London and Cambridge University, where she originally gained her MA (1995-9).

CONDUCTOR / MUSIC DIRECTOR

Hannah has conducted large-scale community operas and stage-shows at the O2 Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, for the English National Opera and Glyndebourne Opera.

She was Music Director of Glyndebourne Operaʼs Youth Company (2004-2011) and Music Director at the Southbank Centre, London for Southwark Splash (2007-2013) conducting and arranging stage-shows for over 3600 young singers and instrumentalists.

In her spare time, she continues to pursue her passion collect and transcribe songs from communities on the streets in her travels across the globe including India, Mali, Tanzania, Guyana, Cuba, Zambia and Malawi.