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Ms Hannah Wiggins

Biography

With her smooth and sultry vocals, Hannah is an established artist in the north east of England. She has a wide repertoire including jazz standards, folk ballads and musical hall songs, pop and rock classics and some musical theatre numbers in there for good measure. She also has countless acoustic and alto/soprano choir parts rattling around her head as well as the South African national anthem and The Click Song due to her time living in South Africa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Click_Song).

Her influences are many, but predominantly and unashamedly, the great ladies of Jazz; Ella Fitzgerald; Nina Simone, and Billy Holiday, but as a self-confessed rock chick with no chance of recovery, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd and Rush also need to take a place up on the pedestal of influence too.

She fronts www.soundcloud.com/LifeOnLaputa as vocalist and occasional bassist, appears with www.soundcloud.com/Matt-Spence playing both acoustic duo and jazz-based duo sets, as vocalist/guitarist and vocalist respectively. She also appears with the folk ensemble www.facebook.com/Ottadini as well as collaborating with other artists as and when she gets the chance.

She began her musical career aged 9 and entered her first singing competition at 10 (she came third). Since then she has been in numerous choirs and bands, and lead choirs and musical groups to performance and competitions. She sings within a folk ensemble, specializing in traditional Northumbrian music, and has also performed within the musical theatre and pop genres.

Originally trained as a classical singer, Hannah changed her singing style when she realized her love for jazz was greater than her love of arias. After returning to her northern roots in 2006 she began to take her singing a step further and has been performing in the northeast music scene ever since.

Hannah also plays Northumbrian Smallpipes, tin whistle and ukulele, although generally not at the same time. She has been known to write and record her own material, and even occasionally plays it in public when people least expect it.

She says the best place in which she has ever sung was when her school choir sang Easter Mass, on Easter Sunday in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. She remembers with a pang of nostalgia that she sang top soprano on Handel's Messiah. She's not sure, however, if she could ever sing that high again...

Contact Hannah

Address: Sunnybrow
Bishop Auckland
Durham
DL15
Phone: Show Number
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00

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