"Trumpeter Imogen Hancock soared like a seraph..." The Times
Imogen Hancock is a rising star on the British trumpet scene. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 with First Class Honours, she has been in demand as both a soloist and freelance orchestral musician.
Imogen has premiered a number of solo works including Stephen Dodgson’s Trumpet Concerto and Trinculo by Sally Beamish, commissioned for her by the Park Lane Group. In 2015 Imogen was awarded a Julius Isserlis Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society for pursuing studies abroad. She chose to spend seven weeks in Oslo in early 2017, working with renowned soloist Tine Thing Helseth and trumpeters from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Den Norske Opera. As a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Imogen also spent a week in November 2017 at Snape Maltings, receiving solo masterclasses from world-famous trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.
Recent orchestral highlights for Imogen comprise performing with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chineke! and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Imogen is also an alumna of Southbank Sinfonia and a regular deputy for The Phantom of the Opera in the West-End. So far this year, Imogen has given world premiere performances of two concertos, written for her by Aleksandr Brusentsev (Ensemble Eroica, January 2018) and Leo Geyer (Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra, June 2018). Imogen also recently returned from the Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway, where she was chosen to participate in masterclasses with Tine Thing Helseth and saxophone soloist Amy Dickson.
Upcoming performances for Imogen include playing at the Welsh Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, two concerts featuring Walton's masterpiece 'Façade' and a trumpet and piano recital at All Saints, Hove with pianist Jennifer Hughes.
Aside from playing, Imogen enjoys practising Pilates and has recently co-launched a new podcast with harpist Olivia Jageurs and cellist Davina Shum, called ‘Musicians’ Weekend’. In episodes every two weeks, Imogen, Olivia and Davina interview a variety of guests and discuss the freelance musician’s lifestyle: www.musicianweekend.com