presenter and guest
Since 2010 Hannah has appeared annually on the televised BBC Proms, both as a presenter or guest (BBC 2 and BBC4).
She has also featured in documentaries with Gareth Malone (The Choir: Military Wives BBC2, 2014) and Paul Morley (How to be a Composer BBC4, 2009).
Other projects include presenting live-streamed concerts online for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Oxford Lieder Festival, and a series of short films for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
‘People like [Hannah] are invaluable, because they can perform the hardest trick on television, which is to make us listen to what’s being said as well as watch it.'
Simon Hoggart, The Spectator.
interviewer and guest
Hannah has given pre-concert talks at Kings Place London, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and the Royal Academy of Music, where she taught on the BMus Programme for over a decade.
Whilst living in Toronto between 2016 and 2019, Hannah taught music appreciation at the Royal Conservatory of Music and collaborated frequently with Tafelmusik.
She inaugurated the Tafelmusik Listening Club, giving concert-goers the chance to ask candid questions and explore the language we use to express musical performances. She also gave numerous pre-concert events, examining questions such as: what was it like to live in Vivaldi’s Pieta? And why do we stand for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah?
She’s recently been heard discussing Bach and Sebald at the Folkestone Book Festival with Prof Ben Hutchinson, Cellist Natalie Clein, and actor Toby Jones; hosting an evening in conversation with Dame Emma Kirkby; and as both interviewer and guest at BBC Proms Plus events.
You can read and hear her discussing Thomas Gainsborough’s Peter Darnell Muilman, Charles Crokatt and William Keable in a Landscape here (and playing Baroque flute as part of the project here), for Tate Britain.