Hannah Thompson-Smith


Hannah has led the Hallam Sinfonia for the past year, having played with us since 2009. We are now looking forward to working with her in March as soloist in the F major Romance by Beethoven – part of our celebrations for the Beethoven 250th anniversary year. Hannah writes:


‘I am very grateful for the opportunity to play the Beethoven Romance. It is a truly beautiful piece, pure, heartfelt and innocent, and I am really looking forward to performing it. The Hallam Sinfonia has really helped me to become established as a violinist and has allowed me to experience new and challenging repertoire.


I joined the orchestra three years after I moved over to Sheffield after completing my training at the Royal Northern. After studying the violin so intensely for six years, I felt depleted and I simply seemed to run out of musical energy! I didn’t play for a while but, as expected, after some time, the need to play came back.


Hallam Sinfonia was the first group that I joined and I thoroughly enjoyed playing with the orchestra. I found it friendly, organised, very professional and with such a high standard. I loved the repertoire and the approach to the music.


In 2011 and 2013 my two children Emerson and Myah – Jayne were born. Once again, my music had to take a step back, but as before, the passion to play returned and with vengeance and I’ve never looked back! It was at that time that I started practising consistently again and I took on many more professional performance engagements including orchestral work, chamber concerts and solo recitals. And now the Hallam Sinfonia is giving me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and enjoy playing lovely solos. The next challenge will be Scheherezade in June!

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