Choirs & Conducting

Choirs and Conducting

I absolutely love conducting choirs- something truly magical happens when you have multiple voices coming together – both musically and emotionally.

I hold an LRSM with distinction in Choral Conducting (2014) and have studied with the Association of British Choral Conductors on their advanced programme. I am also an advocate of good vocal health and up to date vocal teachings. I am currently studying on the Estill EMT (Estill Master Trainer) course with Anne Marie Speed. Works conducted include Will Todd’s ‘Mass in Blue’ with full band, Bob Chilcott’s ‘Little Jazz Mass’ with trio, Ole Gjeilo’s Lake Isle with quartet & Luminous Night of the Soul, and Faure’s Requiem with full orchestra as well as commissioned music ‘When All Was Young’ by emerging composer Ben Lee.

History


July 2020: I formed a virtual choir to launch a new piece of contemporary choral music, Earth Prayer, which I wrote during Covid-19. Over 100 singers from around the world took part.

March 2020: 160 singers from my three community choirs performed in ‘Symphonic Gospel Spirit’ with the London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican as part of the massed choir.

April 2020: I began an online choir, Hannah’s Big Sing, to keep my choirs singing through the pandemic.


September 2019: My East London community choir Victoria Park Singers, together with the Crouch End Festival Chorus, represented “East” in a performance of John Luther Adams’ In The Name of the Earth as part of this years Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
September 2018: I founded Finsbury Park Singers, my North London based choir. There are around 80 singers and they rehearse on Tuesday evenings at Elizabeth House Community Centre in Finsbury Park.
April 2017: I fixed and coached choirs for the opening number of the Olivier Awards (The Girls – by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth)
December 2016: I fixed and coached choirs for Gary Barlow’s performance at the Royal Variety Show at the Hammersmith Apollo and also for his performance on Strictly Come Dancing.
June 2015: The BBC named me as one of the inaugural BBC Music Day Unsung Heroes. You can listen to the BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright piece about the award here. There is also a short film featuring my work with Victoria Park Singers below and to hear all the radio interviews click here.
2013: I founded Victoria Park Singers, my East London based choir. There are around 100 singers and they rehearse on Wednesday evenings at Lauriston School in Hackney
2011: I founded Kensington Singers, my West London based choir. There are around 50 singers and they rehearse on Monday evenings at Essex Church in Notting Hill.
2007: I founded Fosse Singers, which I led until December 2012 (a highlight of which was our choral exchange to Sweden)

I have also worked with various office choirs (including ITV and Rothschild), as well as Ark Schools, British Academy of New Music, Channel 4, Pauline Quirk Academy, Haringey Shed, Leicester, Square Mile Choir for De Montfort University , the NHS, Parkinson’s UK choir, Pentonville Prison, Royal Academy of Art, Selfridges, Shoreditch House, Sing to Live, Live to Sing choirs with Royal Brompton Hospital, & Telegraph Newspaper.

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