Based in Wellington Genre Music

Hannah Darroch

Hannah is an active freelance flutist in Wellington, working regularly with both the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Welington. She is also currently the Principal Flute of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, performing a range of musical tasks from ceremonial duties for Royal visits, to community outreach and music education. 

She has worked under international conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jacques Lacombe, Pietari Inkinen, Edo de Waart, and Simone Young. She features on the soundtrack to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and on NZSO recordings on the Naxos and EMI labels. She has performed with a number of international soloists, ranging from soprano Renée Fleming to violinist Andrés Cárdenes, and jazz singer Diana Krall. 

She has a Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She was a member of their resident Graduate Woodwind Quintet, who had success at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She was also a Teaching Assistant, working with undergraduate woodwind students.

A graduate of the New Zealand School of Music, Hannah was named Woodwind Player of the Year in 2009, also winning the NZSM Orchestral Excerpt Competition.

She cut her musical teeth in the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir - she was Co-Leader when the choir won two gold medals at the World Choral Olympics in Xiamen, China; and Choir of the World at the Youth and Children's Choir Competition in Hong Kong. 

Many people know Hannah as an arts administrator - she has been a Development Assistant at the NZSO, Digital Content and Programme Producer at Radio New Zealand Concert, and the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Chamber Music New Zealand. 

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