Biography

Hannah is a very experienced performer, having played her harp across Scotland at venues including, Abden House, The Atholl, Balbirnie House, The Balmoral Hotel, Bruntsfield Hotel, Cairneyhill (Forresters Park), Capital Hotel (Corstorphine), Carberry Tower (Musselburgh), Cardronna Hotel (Peebles),The Caves, Christian Heritage Centre (Royal Mile), Dalhousie Castle, The Dalmahoy, Dalmeny Park Hotel, Dirleton Castle, Doctor Neil’s Garden (Duddingston village), Dovecot Studios, Dundas Castle, Dundas Art Gallery, Dunglass Estate, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh City Chambers, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, George Hotel, The Ghillie Dhu, Gilmerton House (East Lothian), Harburn House, The Hub (Edinburgh), Hopetoun House, House for an Art Lover (Glasgow), Holyrood Palace, Inchcombe Abbey on Inchcombe Island, The Lord Clark Register Room, Linlithgow Palace, Lothian Chambers on George IV Bridge, Marine Hotel (North Berwick), Mavis Hall Park, Melville Castle, Napier Craighouse, Norton House, Orocco Pier (South Queensferry), Oxenfoord Castle, Playfair Library at Old College (University of Edinburgh), Pollock Halls, Prestonfield House, Radisson Blue on the Royal Mile, Rowan Tree at the Caves, Royal College of Physicians, The Royal Terrace Hotel, Royal Scots Club, Royal Botanic Gardens, Royal Yacht Britannia, the Signet Library, the Vu (Bathgate), Winton House (East Lothian) and many more.

Hannah studied the harp in London at the junior department at the Royal College of Music and the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At university Hannah studied Politics, alongside playing principal harp in both Durham University Symphony Orchestra and Durham University Chamber Orchestra. Hannah graduated with a first class degree in 2000, and then in 2003, following a spell working in London (whilst playing for the Richmond Chamber Symphony), she and her husband relocated to Scotland.  Since 2005 Hannah has focused on performing as a soloist, rather than on orchestral performing.

Hannah is a prolific composer of contemporary music. Her output includes both intimate chamber music and large-scale works for choir and orchestra. She also teaches harp and clarsach, and is harpist with the Eternity Ensemble, founded by soprano Isolde James-Griffith.

This is a live performance of Matthew Todd's original composition 'Where I Long to Be' from the 'Celebrating Scotland' concert in Edinburgh, August 2014. Tenor: Matthew Todd. Harpist: Hannah Haynes.