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 diverse communities and young people.
In 2019 she was appointed Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera and in 2020 she created Sound Voice: ‘opera meets biomedical research’ with people who have lost their voice, creating powerful opera and digital sound installations about voice loss and identity’.
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.
Performances of her recent works include the opera Dare to Dream (premiere/Royal Albert Hall March 2019) for 1800 singers – devised in collaboration with young people from Uganda, Syria, Bangladesh and the UK; The Tale Of Two Dragons/Tyger Tyger commissioned by the BBC Singers; Towards Another World, a promenade opera for the English National Opera at the V&A museum; and A Young Known Voice, a work commissioned by the Acadamy of Ancient Music (Barbican, UK).
Hannah has been adjudicator for BBC Young Musician and regularly acts as moderator for international Arts sector conferences notably for the European Commission: the first opportunity since COVID-19 for a direct dialogue of the Cultural and Creative Sectors with Commissioner Gabriel, the European Parliament and the Council and EU Cultural Forum 2017 in 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 has specialised in designing and presenting orchestral concerts for young audiences 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, John Elliot Gardiner with the Monterverdi Choir and Orchestra and for the BBC Proms. She was presented for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Concerts and was the first to sign interpret music within their orchestral concerts for deaf children. She has guest lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Hague Conservatorium and at Cambridge University where she has since annually returned having gained her MA and PGCE (1995-9).
Hannah is passionate working in diverse international settings and has led projects for children in Mumbai, Palestine and Bosnia continuing to collect songs from the street in her travels across the globe including Mali, Tanzania, Guyana, Zambia and Malawi.