Meet Hannah – Our Musical Director
Hello, I’m Hannah Brine – the founder and musical director of the wonderful Finsbury Park Singers. I started similar choirs; Kensington Singers in West London in 2011, Victoria Park Singers in East London in 2013, and Fosse Singers in Leicester in 2007, all of which are still going strong. I was extremely honoured in 2015 to be named a BBC Unsung Hero for my work with Victoria Park Singers.
Alongside leading community choirs and office choirs for companies such as ITV and Rothschild, I teach singing and am a singer-songwriter. In 2017 I joined the singing faculty teaching at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
I have studied with the Association of British Choral Conductors and in 2014 I achieved my LRSM in Musical Directing with a distinction. You can read more about my work here. I am in my final year of the Estill Master Trainer, studying with Anne Marie Speed, so I’m fascinated with what’s happening inside our larynx… and all that geeky stuff! I love to help people to improve their voices!
I love all styles of music from classical to pop and aside from conducting I have recorded sessions for Disney and performed at venues including the Barbican with Wynton Marsalis, NEC, Birmingham Symphony Hall, various jazz festivals and on released dance and chill out tracks including on Armada Music, Black Hole, Café Del Mar and Buddha Bar. I fixed and coached the choirs for Gary Barlow’s performance at the 2016 Royal Variety Show and the 2017 Olivier Awards, and I performed with Gary as part of the choir on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016. I also write songs for choir and do sessions – both of which can be interesting and unusual! I am most excited by a cappella, jazz, world, folk and experimental vocal music.
During the pandemic I worked virtually with choirs, making videos of some of my new songs and arrangements: Earth Prayer, Love Is, Winter Lark, Just For Now, River and Ubi Caritas. Click on the links to watch.
I am passionate about working with singers from all backgrounds and creating a supportive learning environment. I look forward to welcoming you to Finsbury Park Singers.