Soprano Hannah Grove grew up in a musical family, taking a keen interest in classical music from a young age.  She has a particular affinity for the repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, which evolved as much from these early encounters with music as from the clear quality and agile nature of her voice. 

After gaining a Choral Scholarship to Oriel College, Oxford, where she studied Physics, she began singing professionally and having gained considerable experience as a choral and consort singer, working regularly both in the UK and abroad with a number of professional groups such as the Sarum Consort and Ex Cathedra, she now sings principally as a soprano soloist.

She performs frequently with period instrumentalists, and has appeared as soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music, Ars Eloquentiae and the Corelli Orchestra in works such as Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi’s Vespers 1610 and Bach’s St John Passion and Magnificat.  Recitals with period chamber ensembles have included Vivaldi’s Nulla in mundo pax sincera in Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Rooms, Handel’s Mi palpita il cor with the Denner Ensemble in the Radyr Festival, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Gloucester Cathedral.  Roles from the early operatic repertoire include Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Anaeas and Filia in Carissimi’s Jephte.

Other recent oratorio work includes Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the City of Birmingham Choir at Symphony Hall, Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Mozart’s Requiem and Regina Coeli with the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Brahms’ Ein Deutsche Requiem, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.  She was the soprano soloist in Donizetti’s Ave Maria with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival in 2014.  She is also in demand as a performer of new compositions and recently gave the world premiere of David Lawrence’s Ballad of a Lost House, and recorded and premiered Ian King’s A Worcestershire Song Cycle

She has recently joined with experienced lutenist Elizabeth Pallett to form a new early music duo, Amarylli, with performances over the past year including two Renaissance programmes for soprano and lute, Love’s Sweet Passion and If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree, and a 17th century programme Cupid's Lament for soprano, theorbo and baroque guitar.

Away from the concert platform she sings regularly for Exart Performances’ workshops on performing arts in a leadership context, and has also participated in educational workshops with a number of other groups.  She also has keyboard skills, having attained Grade 8 on both organ and piano, and has accompanying and performance experience ranging from recitals and playing for church services to fulfilling a role as repetiteur and pianist for a concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore in Oxford’s Holywell Music Rooms.

She gained her LRSM in singing performance in 2004 under vocal teacher Andrew Padmore and continues her studies with soprano Bronwen Mills.  She is represented by Chameleon Arts and has recently been appointed to the vocal department of the Elgar School of Music in Worcester.  When not singing, she is kept busy running her website design business, and away from work she has discovered a love for Baroque Dance, which she is learning with renowned dance teacher Philippa Waite.

 

Harmonia Sacra
Saturday 20th April at 6.00pm
Old Baptist Chapel, Tewkesbury

With the Musical and Amicable Society
Music by Handel, Purcell, Weldon and Pixell

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