Hannah has been commissioned to write youth operas by Glyndebourne Opera (When I am Old) and Garsington Opera (Heart in a Box), a semi-staged vocal work for the BBC Concert Orchestra and Watford Palace Theatre (Amal and the Clockwork Tiger) and many pieces for audience participation and orchestra (BBC Proms Plus Storytime and the London Symphony Orchestra).
Much of her work involves creating pieces from scratch ‘on the spot’ together with amateurs and professionals. These devised works can form large-scale, multi-layered pieces with hundreds of singers and professional musicians to much smaller, intimate chamber works.
Her work ranges from multi-linguistic opera miniatures in 12 different languages with professional musicians in Serbia (Madlenianum Opera), France (L’Opera Bastille) and Sweden (Swedish Royal Opera) to original Vertov film scores with conservatoire students for the Luxembourg Philharmonie and Floria for the Royal Opera House, an opera film starring teenagers, broadcast to thousands across the UK on outdoor screens. She enjoys experimenting with film, creating a ‘virtual’ quartet for two opera singers and two nine year olds (Outfoxed!) which was performed at the Royal Festival Hall in 2013 – the opera singers and band performing live on stage and the children singing, projected on a large screen above.
Many of her own works include songs for orchestra and children’s chorus; a multimedia song cycle based on Les Troyens for the English National Opera (Fourth Eye/2004) and a music and media work to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s Bicentenary for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and children’s chorus (The Snow Queen/2005).