Our Accompanist: Anna le Hair
Anna Le Hair, who joined us as our accompanist in spring 2007, started playing the piano as soon as she could reach the keys. She gained an honours degree in music at Edinburgh University, and her postgraduate studies were at the Royal College of Music, London.
Anna has a busy and varied career as a performer, teacher, accompanist, ABRSM examiner, adjudicator, and conductor. Engagements have included recitals, both solo and as chamber musician and accompanist, in many venues in London, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John's Smith Square, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has also performed in numerous other venues around Britain and abroad, including a concert tour to New Zealand in 2014 with the violinist Arwen Newband.
Anna has given performances of several piano concertos and has performed at many festivals including Edinburgh and Buxton, where she was nominated for the title of ‘Performer of the Fringe’, as well as Spain, Croatia, and Italy. She teaches piano and accompanies at St Albans School, and she also has a thriving private teaching and coaching practice at her home in Tring.
She runs the successful `Piano and More' concert series at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Tring, and is a founder member of the Icknield Ensemble, and of the Icknield and Arensky Trios. She is also a member of the Pisces Ensemble, based in North Wales, with whom she gave a well-received concert at the Criccieth Festival in June 2019, and she completed her first international examining tour for ABRSM in summer 2019 to Malaysia.
Details of concerts and other activities can be found on her website, www.annalehair.co.uk.