VoiceCity Director Hannah Northedge grew up in Leicester and Brisbane, Australia and became a professional vocalist in her teens singing and playing guitar in venues in Leicestershire. Her mother had also been a professional singer performing across the UK in the 1960s. Hannah had sung in choirs from the age of ten and this influenced her decision to train as an opera singer for the challenge. She won a place at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama but she couldn’t shake the notion that her true voice lay in jazz and pop, the music she connected with most emotionally.
Hannah’s friends had always commented that she had a definite jazz, blues and country “sound” to her low pitched voice, so she chose to return to her first love, singing with jazz and swing ensembles in the UK, abroad and on cruise ships.
She moved to London in 2001 and quickly immersed herself in the jazz scene and formed her own jazz band comprising some of the most respected musicians in the jazz sphere. She has had the privilege of performing at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The 606 Jazz Club, The Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, Westminster Methodist Central Hall for Her Majesty the Queen and Tony Blair, The Barbican Centre with Dave Brubeck and his Family Quartet, Westminster School and The Royal Festival Hall.
She has sung as a guest with The Rob James Orchestra, Rockin’ in Rhythm Swing Band, The Rat Pack Trio and Orchestra UK Theatre Tour, composer and pianist Simon Wallace and even London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Chorus, including two Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Hannah has sung with The Les Paul Trio in New York City and she has been asked to record in Nashville by Tim O’Connell, award winning songwriter for the late Johnny Cash.
In 2007 Hannah was credited as musical director, actress and fixer performing with her own choir The Hannah Northedge Singers on the soundtrack for the feature film The Oxford Murders starring John Hurt and Eljiah Wood. She recorded at Abbey Road Studios with film composer Roque Baños.
Hannah is also credited as music director, composer, arranger and fixer for major feature film “The Riot Club” starring Natalie Dormer and Max Irons and released in September 2014.
Hannah presently leads her own pop, jazz and swing with whom she performed at last year’s huge Twinwood Festival.
In 2015 Hannah will release her new album; a collection of self-penned country blues songs and her own arrangements of standards. Hannah has had recent airplay on Jazz FM and BBC Radio.
Hannah holds a Masters degree (MA) in The Practice of Voice and Singing from The University of Surrey. This course covered the study of speech and singing. There were only five places available to “exceptionally talented students”.
She is also studying to be a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) of Estill Voice Training with Anne-Marie Speed (The Voice Explained).
Hannah has undertaken the following training:
2013 Estill Level 1 and 2: Anne Marie Speed (The Voice Explained) at The Royal Academy of Music
2013 Vocal Process (Webinar): Singing in Chest Voice
2012 Estill Voice Training for Singing Teachers: Anne Marie Speed (The Voice Explained) at The Royal Academy of Music
2012 BVA: From Pathology to Performance
2012 BVA: The Voice and the Brain
2011 BVA: The Fundamentals of the Singing Voice 1 – City Literature Institute
2011 BVA: The Fundamentals of the Singing Voice 2 – City Literature Institute
2010 BVA: Idiomatic Choral Sound – Birmingham
2010 Dane Chalfin (21st Century Singer): Teacher Training 3 day residential course in Manchester
2008 Vocal Process: Belting Explained
2007 BVA (British Voice Association): Interactive Rock and Pop Day
Hannah has trained one to one with Kim Chandler, Anne Marie Speed (The Voice Explained) and Dane Chalfin (21st Century Singer), Heather Keens (University of Surrey), Mark Meylan, Mary Hammond (Royal Academy of Music), Dinah Harris and Evelyn Dowling (Dublin).
*On a more personal note, Hannah has a penchant for coffee, vintage clothing, Brighton, art deco design, coffee, architecture, David Lynch films, philosophy and coffee!