Hannah was awarded a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire after studying there on the undergraduate course under the tuition of Mark Eden and Mark Ashford (Eden Stell Guitar Duo and Vida Guitar Quartet). She is currently studying performance as a trio with Rowan McConkey and Jonathan Cumming on the Masters Course at the Conservatoire. Hannah started learning the guitar with Des Miles and successfully participated in many music festivals and concerts across Devon. In 2015, she was a finalist in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Prize adjudicated by Chris Stell. Hannah has performed in masterclasses with Xuefei Yang, Marcin Dylla and Craig Ogden among many other distinguished guitarists.
As well as performing as a soloist, Hannah enjoys a busy life as a chamber musician. She is a founding member of Alma Guitar Trio and has performed in a variety of different ensembles; ranging from a large guitar ensemble of 25 guitarists, to guitar quartet, trio and duo, as well as performing in a duo with a flautist and working with other instrumentalists.
Hannah teaches the Classical Guitar to a large number of pupils of varying ages and abilities and was awarded the Postgraduate Pedagogy Prize from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017.
alma guitar trio
Hannah Woollacott, Jonnie Cumming and Rowan McConkey have been playing together since 2013, after meeting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where they are currently studying on the Masters programme under the tutelage of Mark Ashford and Mark Eden. The trio have performed a wide variety of music, ranging from original music for multiple guitars from South America, Australia and the UK to music specifically written for them, as well as original arrangements for guitar trio.
Alma are one of the few guitar trios currently performing; while there is a long tradition of guitar duo pairings, and increasingly, guitar quartets, the trio repertoire is seldom heard on the concert platform. The trio hope to expose the rare, neglected, and often unexpected jewels of the trio repertoire by composers such as Stephen Dodgson, Timothy Bowers, Vaughan Williams, Paulo Bellinati and Mario Gangi, amongst many others.
Hannah has 8 years experience of teaching the Classical Guitar to children and adults of varying ages and abilities and was awarded the Postgraduate Pedagogy Prize from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017. She has entered many pupils in for Trinity College and London College of Music graded examinations, with a current success rate of merit or above.
Hannah has a well informed teaching approach; she has observed many different styles of teaching in a wide range of establishments. Hannah has experience in assisting the teaching of a variety of lessons in schools and also in leading musical workshops in paediatric wards.
Hannah mentored at the World Youth Guitar Festival in 2013, 2015 and 2017, where she offered support and help to children in guitar ensembles. She is also passionate about making music accessible to everyone and enjoys performing concerts to children of all ages, performing most recently for Polka Dot Children's Concerts.
In addition to supporting children in their learning, Hannah has taken part in musical workshops for adults with learning disabilities. She studied Further Pedagogy at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, so as well as drawing on these diverse teaching experiences, she is able to implement a variety of different teaching methods to suit specific students.
Hannah teaches both group and solo lessons depending on the student's want and need.
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News & Updates
25/09/17 polka dot children's concerts
I had such a wonderful time performing for Polka Dot Children's Concerts in Goodleigh and Ilfracombe, North Devon! All the audiences were lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed performing pieces from around the world to them; we visited South America, Spain, France and Italy to name but a few!
28/08/17 - edinburgh fringe festival: st mary's cathedral
Alma really enjoyed performing in a concert as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! St Mary's Cathedral was an incredible place to perform and it was lovely to play to such a welcoming audience.
08/08/17 - 11/08/17 world youth guitar festival
I had an amazing time mentoring at the World Youth Guitar Festival - a great week filled with lots of fun and fantastic concerts!
09/07/17 - St mary's Church Harborne
I enjoyed performing a variety of pieces for the lovely people of Harborne on this sunny sunday!
02/06/17 - ‘Coffee, Cake and Cadenzas’ at the new alexandra theatre, birmingham
Alma performed to a friendly audience in the Piano Bar at the New Alexandra Theatre on friday lunchtime.
27/05/17 - ‘Chamber Music Saturdays’ at the library of birmingham
Alma had great fun performing a varied programme in a lunchtime concert at the Library of Birmingham, including pieces by Gnattali and Vaughan Williams.
16/03/17 - ‘Fantasy and Fancies’, a concert of Elizabethan and Jacobean transcriptions, Birmingham
Alma performed in Myles Payne's Final Project Concert at the 6/8 Kafé on thursday! Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Department performed a selection of Myles's own transcriptions and arrangements of Elizabethan and Jacobean music which are available to download from his website: please click here!
15/03/17 - wolverhampton music service guitar day
Alma had a great time at Wolverhampton Music Service Guitar Day! We worked alongside the guest coach, Peter Nuttall and the guitar teachers at the service to support the children in learning a variety of ensemble pieces written by Peter Nuttall and also gave a trio concert and presentation to the children. The day culminated in a public concert; we played a varied programme of trio music in the first half. This was followed by a showcase of what the children had learnt throughout the day in the second half.
23/01/17 - ‘Monday Showcase’ concert at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
We enjoyed performing to a fantastic audience in the Recital Hall at the Conservatoire on monday!
5/12/16 - ‘A Night of the Unexpected’ Composer’s Concert Series, Birmingham
Alma performed an exciting new piece written by Matt Trembling.
26/11/16 - Alma guitar trio concert in famington farm concert series, willington
Alma thoroughly enjoyed our time performing to a welcoming audience in the beautiful venue at Famington Farm.
19/11/16 - alma guitar trio and cambridge guitar orchestra concert at st mary's church, great dunmow
We absolutely loved performing in a concert with the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra. Check out Cambridge Guitar Orchestra and their latest news here!
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