HANNAH MEAD

The Choir is most fortunate to have the services of Hannah Mead.

Born near Stratford on Avon, Hannah is the youngest ever MD the Choir has had. In her early twenties she graduated from Keele University in 2011 with an M.A. in Music Psychology having a particular interest in research on adult amateur music-making and why people choose to engage with music.

The 23-year-old, from Penkhull, was spotted by a member of the choir when she was conducting a concert in Stafford. She plays piano and fluteand is currently studying for an MA in Social Work.

Hannah (right) and accompanist Ann play a flute duet at Jeanne's Retirement Dinner December 2011

Ann Handley was taught piano from 8 years old under the tutalage of George Jones who so encouraged her love of music that she began to learn flute at 12. So as well as being the Choir accompanist she also plays flute with a concert band.

Music provides her with an excellent gateway to unwinding from her work as a nurse. A chance meeting with a Choir member in 2005 led to her present appointment. She thoroughly enjoys this position and is a much liked and respected by all choristers.

In 2011 the Choir's first lady music director, Jeanne Adams, retired from the position after 35 years.

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