A vibrant and innovative duo, Tranquillo is passionate about bringing flute and piano
music to life. Performing, and often premiering, new music and arrangements, these
young musicians shed new light on their instruments and give ‘flute and piano duo’
a whole new meaning through their vivid and captivating performances.
After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, both Sarah and
Hannah knew they wanted to pursue a career as performers. Deciding two heads are
better than one, they formed Tranquillo and have never looked back! Their planned
debut album took an unexpected turn but gave them the opportunity to work with composer
Rebecca Faith who still regularly composes and arranges for the duo with very successful
results. With the first album being so well received and gaining a number of reviews
and interviews, including the British Flute Society Journal and The Musician, the
duo have since recorded and released a second album to add to their collection.
Both Hannah and Sarah enjoy busy and varied professional careers but together they
have performed in many top venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’
Palace. They have also been privileged to perform in front of the Countess of Wessex
for the Meningitis Trust. As well as their classical performances and recitals, Tranquillo
are continuing to take their music abroad, performing on board cruise ships that
travel all over the world. They are also currently organising a week’s tour of Milan
HANNAH MITCHELL was brought up in a musical family – with her mother as the principal
of Hebron Piano School it was inevitable that she would learn to play the piano.
As soon as she was able to sit up Hannah could be found on the piano stool! Her early
years were immersed in making music, whether it was playing or singing with her younger
sister. For several years she took part in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young
Musicians, where she won many awards. She also studied the flute and voice.
After her A levels Hannah studied Music at Exeter University and it was here that
she realised her desire to pursue performing as a career. After being awarded a degree
with first class honours, Hannah returned to Wales to study for a postgraduate diploma
in solo performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is now enjoying
the busy and varied life of a professional musician through teaching, accompanying
Education: DipABRSM, BA (Hons) Music, PGDipMUS (RWCMD)
Career: Freelance Pianist
Piano Tutor at Hebron Piano School
Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Musical Director of Tonyrefail Ladies Choir
Musical Director of Abercynon Male Voice Choir
TRANQUILLO (flute and piano)
Notable performances/experiences: Whilst at RWCMD Hannah performed at a variety of
masterclasses with pianists such as Leon McCawley, Penelope Roskell and Boris Berman.
Performing Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto at Hastings International Piano Concerto
Competition. In 2007, Hannah won the Jacobson Prize.
SARAH WAYCOTT was brought up on a farm in the Forest of Dean and has enjoyed a varied
upbringing with a healthy mix of rolling around outdoors in the mud to putting on
a gown and performing on stage. She began her musical life with the flute but soon
added the cello to her instruments and has since immersed herself in as many musical
experiences as possible.
Sarah studied music at her local college and then continued to read for a general
music degree at Bath Spa University where she encompassed everything from classical
to Jazz; Baroque flute and cello; the viol; and performed with the college orchestra
and many diverse ensembles. Going on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music
and Drama she again specialised in performance, gaining her Postgraduate Diploma.
As an established freelancer, she has performed in the UK and overseas and enjoys
the combination of teaching and performing. Sarah is also the cellist for popular
tribute band ELO Again.
Career: Freelance musician: flute, occasionally some cello
Teaches: Flute and cello privately, workshops.
Musical Director of Drybrook and District Male Voice Choir
Musical Director of Springfield Singers
ELO Again cellist
Flute and harp duo
TRANQUILLO (flute and piano)
Notable Performances/experiences:: St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bath Spa Concerto Competition
winner; 2004 winner of the Margaret Rose Bursary; performances in Sweden, Holland,
Prague, Gibraltar and Uganda; appearing in a quartet for an advertisement on Sky
TV; performing for the premiere of ‘pictures’, a Thursday film production starring
Andrea Corr and Neil Pearson; teaching at the Kampala Music School, Uganda, 2008;
working with the Care and Share Foundation in Uganda 2009.