Jenny Hanson

Head of Strings

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Jenny is a professional violist and violinist, although playing now takes second place to the more important task of being a great Mum.

A soloist postgraduate of the Royal College of Music, London, and graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jenny has appeared in concert, on stage, in film and recorded with many of the country’s leading orchestras and international artists. Jenny was awarded a NESTA fellowship in 2006.

Jenny’s playing career is diverse; Classical, Pop, Folk or Opera; a small soundbite of work would include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, recordings with Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey in London’s Hyde Park; Michael Marra, Karine Polwart at Celtic Connections, Sessions for Isobel Griffiths, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Goldberg Ensemble and countless international tours and recordings at Abbey Road. Credits as a solo artist include solo tracks for the Universal Studios film, Leap Year and her original compositions featured in the Commonwealth celebrations debuted at Westminster Abbey for the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prime Minister and Heads of States.

Jenny is also a qualified ski instructor, racer and British Masters Slalom Gold Medalist, regularly beating husband Alastair (but only by a fraction of a second!). She is proud to be fae Scotland, though she has been granted honorary Yorkshire citizenship.