Director of Music

Director of Music

Director of Music: Hannah Towndrow BA (Oxon) LRAM

Born and raised in Cardiff, Hannah is a conductor, organist and accompanist now living in East Berkshire. She is an MA choral conducting student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies under Patrick Russill. Alongside her principal study, Hannah takes organ as a second-study and studies with Anne Marsden Thomas, with whom she is preparing for her ARCO examinations.

Hannah’s professional career began whilst she was Organ Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, where she read music (2016-2019). In addition to leading the everyday musical life of the chapel, Hannah accompanied and conducted the choir in numerous successful concerts and European tours. Whilst at Oxford, Hannah was also the Assistant Conductor of the Oxford University Chorus, Musical Director of the Oxford University Opera Society and President of the Hertford College Music Society.

In December 2019, Hannah founded the Oxford-based chamber choir, Antiphon, who meet numerous times throughout the year to work on various projects. The choir explores a vast array of repertoire, with a particular focus on English choral music of the 20th Century. Hannah also works with a number of other up-and-coming ensembles, including the Laurelin Voices – for whom she is the Resident Organist – and The CONVENTional Project – for whom she has played and sang. Furthermore, as the Alec Robertson Scholar at Westminster Cathedral, Hannah works regularly with numerous London-based professional singers.

Hannah is always happy to hear from prospective choir members.