Hannah and Constance performed the world premiere of Paul Burnell’s ‘Three Exercises’ at Southwell Music Festival in 2019 and it is a pleasure to welcome the duo back to the Minster for one of our lunchtime concerts.
Hannah Cresswell grew up in Staffordshire and holds an undergraduate degree in Music at The University of Nottingham and went on to postgraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has won various awards and prizes for her playing and has played in masterclasses for top flute players including Wissam Boustany, Michael Cox, Ian Clarke, Julien Beaudiment and Mary Karen Clardy. Hannah enjoys a variety of music-making. Most recently, she was Principal Flute for the Amadeus Orchestra Academy (July 2019), one of the world’s foremost training orchestras for young professionals and music students. She has held a woodwind chair with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and has also worked with flute ensemble The Silver Pencils, who specialise in the performance of new compositions, improvisation and graphic scores. Hannah has a strong passion for music education and currently teaches flute students at Leicester Grammar School.
Born in Hong Kong, pianist Constance Chow (née Leung) moved to Britain as a music scholar in 2009. Her undergraduate degree at King’s College London was generously supported by the Hong Kong Scholarship Fund, where she was also a contralto choral scholar, and she then completed postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Hailed as the “Talented Pianist” (Eastern Daily Press, 2017), Constance makes frequent appearances on musical stages across the world. She has performed for the British Military Services, as well as the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office at a number of countries including Russia, France, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Constance is currently based in London and is highly demanded as a solo and chamber pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher.
Hannah and Constance formed their duo last year. They have a busy calendar of upcoming recitals and concerts and have performed at venues including Leicester Cathedral and St George the Martyr (Southwark). Hannah and Constance also perform together for the charity Music in Hospitals and Care, giving concerts for people who would not normally have access to live music.
Home-made sandwiches (£2) and hot and cold drinks (£1) are available from 11.45am in the south transept. The concert lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Admission is free with a retiring collection.
Southwell Minster’s popular lunchtime concerts take place at 12.15pm on many Fridays, with performers coming from around the country to perform a wide variety of instrumental and vocal music in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave.
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