Hannah Bethan Roper
Hannah Roper began playing the violin just before her 4th birthday with Barrie Moore of Malvern Suzuki, her teacher for nearly 10 years. Since 2009 she has studied with the renowned British violinist Rodney Friend. Hannah gave her first public performance at Birmingham Cathedral, aged 9 years and her first professional performance at the 2007 Ross Live! Festival. She has taken part in masterclasses with Tasmin Little and Rachel Podger, with whom she has participated in the Brecon Baroque festival.
Having already achieved distinction at Grade 8 Violin, aged just 10, she also obtained distinctions in Grade 8 Practical musicianship and Singing, gained the Dip. A.B.R.S.M (Performance) just a few days after her 13th birthday, and more recently became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, also with Distinction. She has won bursaries from the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts and the English Speaking Union, to help further her studies. She has recently been given an award from the Martin Music Scholarship Fund, of the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to the violin, Hannah enjoys singing and playing the piano. She was the youngest chorus member in the 2009 and 2010 Three Choirs Festivals.
In her spare time she enjoys art and music composition.
Recent performances have included W.A. Mozart’s Concerto No 5 (with the Musical and Amicable Society) and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending (with The National School’s Symphony Orchestra) plus a concert performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.
Hannah plays violins by Harris and Sheldon and Herefordshire luthier John Langstaffe, and a viola by early English maker George Craske.