Hannah Brear passed her Grade 8 Singing with Distinction at the age of 16, and went on to perform in several major national and international tours. She was a member of the National Youth Choir and has sung as a soloist at the cathedrals of Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur, Paris. At 20, she sang in front of the Pope in the Vatican City with the chamber ensemble, “Barbaissance”. Whilst living in the south of France, she worked as Principal Voice Coach for the Choir of the Conservatoire of Music, Perpignan, and performed with Montpelier Opera and the Paris Conservatoire of Music. She moved back to London in 1999, and joined a variety of gospel choirs and chamber ensembles, as well as singing jazz in clubs. She joined the Modern Foreign Languages department at Medina High School in 2000 and set-up the school choir within months of arriving, going on to form the Medina High Community Choir in October 2006. She lives in Cowes with her husband (who currently sings bass in the MCC) and her daughter and loves the Choir’s capacity to bring people, families and communities together. Recent highlights have included working with the BBC Singers at the Maida Vale Studios in London and working with Woodstock legend, Melanie Safka at the 2010 IOW Festival where the MCC sang in front of a crowd of 55,000.