We’re excited to announce that on Tuesday June 2nd, on Steve Wright’s show on BBC Radio 2, Kensington Singers’ founder & conductor Hannah Brine was named as one of the five recipients of the inaugural BBC Music Day Unsung Hero Award.
She appeared live on BBC’s One Show with Chris Evans and Alex Jones on Friday 5th June, alongside Lulu and Jamie Cullum. Watch the programme here (Unsung Hero starts at 19mins). Hannah and Jane Marlow (the alto who nominated her) were then whisked off to Glasgow’s City Halls to watch Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is BBC Music Night’, a special gala concert hosted by Ken Bruce and Katie Derham, featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with an incredible line-up of artists – pop legends Lulu and Deacon Blue, Radio 2 presenter and jazz pianist Jamie Cullum, tenor Noah Stewart, violinist Jack Liebeck, Bhangra artist Jaz Dhami, Scottish folk star Claire Hastings, and harpist Catrin Finch.
Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Music, said: “Honouring music’s Unsung Heroes is a core part of what BBC Music Day is about, celebrating people, like Hannah, who make a big contribution to their community through music. Through her choirs Hannah has forged relationships across whole neighbourhoods and it’s a pleasure for BBC Music Day to acknowledge and celebrate her efforts.”
Hannah said: “I’m deeply flattered that people took the time to nominate me and everyone is really excited that I actually won, in fact it feels like we all won! Our love of music is what has brought us together and I have been very lucky – the singers are so enthusiastic, dedicated & get involved as much as they can. We have so many skills & talents between us; the choir is a real group effort resulting in something very special. rehearsals are great fun and we are all really proud the choir is receiving this attention.”
BBC Music Day’s Unsung Hero has been a UK-wide search. People around the country were asked to nominate someone who they feel has had a significant impact in their community. A BBC panel compiled a shortlist from which the five winners were chosen. They will receive a BBC Music VIP Pass, giving them and their friends tickets to a BBC Music event from a selection which includes the BBC Proms In The Park, Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park and BBC Music Awards.