Hannah Brine – Founder, Musical Director

Hannah Brine founded High Peak Singers in 2022, not long after she moved to New Mills. Her choirs have performed at events including the Royal Variety Show, Olivier Awards, BBC Proms and TV and recording projects. In 2022 she led the Wilderness Festival Choir and will return again this year.

She also leads an annual singing retreat.  Her song Ray of Sunlight was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery Youth Choir and she has been commissioned by the South Bank Centre to compose for Victoria Park Singers. 

As a vocal coach, she taught at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and she is an advocate for good vocal health.  Recording credits include various releases on Black Hole, Perfecto, Armind, Cafe Del Mar, BBC and Disney. When not leading choirs she loves to write songs – usually in the folk and pop genres, however, her song You & I, written for Ciaran McAuley & Roger Shah, was number one in the global trance charts (2022). 

Ed Simpson – Accompanist 

Ed has lived in Derbyshire all his life. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music for 10 years from 2001. For five of those years, Ed trained as a chorister at Manchester Cathedral. He toured Paris and sang at Notre Dame and Saint Sulpice; he also toured America and performed in New York City. 

Ed sang for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee service in 2002 and sang for BBC Songs of Praise. He regularly sang for BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and made several recordings. As Ed’s voice changed he had to re-audition as an instrumentalist at the age of 13 and focused on the Bassoon as his first study. He also studied the Organ and Contra Bassoon as his additional studies. His love for Jazz meant that he could study Jazz Piano in his last two years of school. 

Since the age of 18 left when he left school, he has been building his business as a Piano/singing teacher and accompanist for choirs in the local north Derbyshire area where he lives, in Hayfield. Teaching at New Mills High School, several primary schools and at home.

Judith Ogden – PA to Hannah Brine

Judith grew up in Oxfordshire and studied for a degree in Music at Bristol University, graduating in 1994. She worked for a marketing production company in Bristol, and then for a marketing consultancy in Bath, before becoming a freelance arts administrator, and graphic and web designer in 2002. In her spare time, she sings in two Bristol-based choirs and plays badminton at club, league and county level. Her musical highlights include singing the alto solo in Handel’s Dixit Dominus in a performance with Exultate Singers in Dubrovnik. 

She has appeared as a singing extra in Christmas specials of Call the Midwife and Casualty, and on the soundtrack for TV ads and drama series, as well as on the sci-fi film Annihilation. She is married to the conductor and composer David Ogden, and has four children aged from 16 to 27 years.