Cellist Hannah Roberts will be appearing at our Summer Festival this year. We caught up with her to find out more.

Hannah Roberts, cello

What is your favourite piece of music?
Ooh that’s hard! So many to choose from! Depends a lot on my mood at the time, that’s one of the great things about music- it works in tandem with us in each moment uniquely. 

Tell us a little known fact about you…
I have had banana plants since I was 12 years old and we have fruit growing in our music room in Manchester!

Any hobbies?
No official ones but I enjoy growing indoor plants, fast cars when available and cooking when not under time pressure.

What or who inspired you to become a musician?
There was always music in our house and my mother was a cellist and music teacher-she passed away last year and I will be forever grateful for her wonderful guidance and patience. 

What are you most looking forward to about this year’s festival?
Everything! It’s a feast of great music and amazing colleagues!

What’s your career highlight so far?
I’ve been super lucky to be part of some memorable projects in so many different types of music making. When I was twelve I toured China, India and Switzerland with Sir Yehudi Menuhin playing Brahms Sextet and Mendelssohn Octet – that was pretty special and has stayed with me as an inspiration.  Playing with Martha Argerich on tour with Manchester Camerata has also been an extraordinary experience.

Which orchestras or ensembles have you’ve played with?
Manchester Camerata ( where I’m principal cello), lots of chamber music with wonderful colleagues here and abroad, guest with BBC Phil, Halle, RLPO, projects with Manchester Collective.

Funniest / most embarrassing moment in music?
Forgetting to bring my bow into the stage and having to retrieve it… 


You can find out more about our Summer Festival by visiting our website, or buy tickets now from Ticketsource.