Hannah Kendall - Berkeley Symphony

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Hannah Kendall

Guest Artist ~ Composer 


Described as ‘…intricately and skillfully wrought’ by The Sunday Times, Hannah’s music has attracted the attentions of some of the UK’s finest groups including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and Philharmonia Orchestra, with performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, The Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre, The Place, Westminster, Canterbury, Gloucester and St Paul’s Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and Cheltenham Music Festival. Hannah’s works have also been broadcast on BBC Radio, including ‘Composer of the Week’ in March 2015, and ‘Hear and Now’ in October 2016. In 2015, Hannah won the Women of the Future Award for Arts and Culture. Recent projects include a one-man chamber opera, ‘The Knife of Dawn’, premiered at London’s Roundhouse in October 2016. Based on the Guyanese/Caribbean political activist and poet Martin Carter, set to a new libretto by award-winning author Tessa McWatt, and directed by John Walton, it was described as being ‘dramatically intense and atmospheric, a powerful snapshot of a poet incarcerated in British Guyana’ by The Stage. Also, ‘The Spark Catchers’, an orchestral piece for Chineke!, which was premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on 30 August 2017 as part of the BBC Proms, described as ‘imaginatively intricate’ by the Financial Times. Upcoming works include ‘Verdala’ for London Sinfonietta, which will be premiered on 21 July 2018 at BBC Proms, conducted by George Benjamin.

Born in London in 1984, Hannah went on to graduate from the University of Exeter with First Class Honours in Music, having studied composition with Joe Duddell. Hannah also completed a Masters in Advanced Composition with Distinction from the Royal College of Music studying with Kenneth Hesketh and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal College of Music Study Award and the RVW Trust.

Hannah is deeply committed to contemporary culture as a whole and often works collaboratively with artists from other art forms. She has developed a fruitful creative relationship with Poet Rick Holland, setting Fundamental for choir and brass quintet, described as being ‘a hugely accomplished work’ by Music OMH and a number of other poems from Rick’s recently-published collection Story the Flowers. Hannah also worked closely with choreographer Symeon Kyriakopoulos in creating Labyrinthine, which was premiered at The Place as part of the Resolution! Festival in 2009. Most recently, Hannah joined forces with Gallery Libby Sellers in developing ‘Middlegame’ for solo piano, which took inspiration from the Gallery’s GAMES exhibition. Commissioned by the Richard Thomas Foundation, the work was premiered at the space by Andrew Matthews-Owen and expanded into a three-movement piece, ‘On the Chequer’d Field Array’d’ that was performed by Andrew at the Purcell Room in May 2013. The work was selected as a Premiere of the Year by Classical Music Magazine.

Hannah also has a Masters in Arts Management, graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Distinction. She has since enjoyed positions within the Music and Media Relations Departments at the Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi-arts venue. Currently, Hannah also works part-time as a Director at London Music Masters, a charity that aims to enable opportunity, diversity and excellence in classical music, inspiring positive change for individuals and communities, and teaches on the Composition/General Musicianship team at Junior Royal Academy of Music.