Meet Hannah, our Musical Director
Hello, I’m Hannah Brine and I’m so pleased to lead this high quality community choir in West London. I can’t believe the choir has been going for over eight years now! We’ve had a wonderful time making music and new friends.
Kensington Singers is the first choir I started in London, having moved down from Leicester where I established a similar choir, Fosse Singers, back in 2007. Alongside leading community choirs and office choirs for companies such as ITV and Rothschild, I teach singing and am a singer-songwriter. In 2017 I joined the singing faculty teaching at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. I was extremely honoured in 2015 to be named a BBC Unsung Hero for my work with community choirs, as its something I really love to do.
Kensington Singers have done some very exciting singing things, including members of the choir joining with another of my choirs, Victoria Park Singers, to sing at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, on September 8th – performing John Luther Adams piece ‘In the Name Of the Earth’ – a huge piece for 700 voices! Members of the choir have also performed at the Olivier Awards, at the Royal Variety Show and on a BBC TV advert with Gary Lineaker! The choir are looking forward to performing at The Barbian in 2020 – as am I!
I have studied with the Association of British Choral Conductors and in 2014 I received my LRSM in Musical Directing with a distinction. You can read more about my work here. I am in my third year of the Estill Master Trainer, studying with Anne Marie Speed, so I’m fascinated with what’s happening inside our larynx… and all that geeky stuff! I love to help people to improve their voices!
I love all styles of music from classical to pop and aside from conducting I have recorded sessions for Disney and performed at venues including the Barbican with Wynton Marsalis, NEC, Birmingham Symphony Hall, various jazz festivals and on released dance and chill out tracks including on Armada Music, Black Hole, Café Del Mar and Buddha Bar. I fixed and coached the choirs for Gary Barlow’s performance at the 2016 Royal Variety Show and the 2017 Olivier Awards, and I performed with Gary as part of the choir on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016. I also write songs and do sessions – both of which can be interesting and unusual! I am most excited by a cappella, jazz, world, folk and experimental vocal music.
I am passionate about working with singers from all backgrounds and creating a supportive learning environment. I look forward to welcoming you to Kensington Singers.