Elspeth Hanson

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Elspeth Hanson
Elspeth Hanson of Bond performing at the Metrocentre in Gateshead, 2009
Elspeth Hanson of Bond performing at the Metrocentre in Gateshead, 2009
Background information
Born12 May 1986 (1986-05-12) (age 34)
London, England, UK
InstrumentsViolin, Viola
Associated actsBond

Elspeth Hanson (born 12 May 1986[1][2][3][4]) is the violist of the all female string quartet, Bond.


Hanson was born in London and was educated at Theale Green Community School and the School of St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. She started learning the violin aged 12 and at 16 won a place as first violin with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with whom she has toured the UK and played live at the BBC Proms.

Previously she had recorded solos with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the City of Prague Philharmonia. Elspeth is studying towards a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music with Richard Deakin.

She played and sang at The Southbank for Oxfam Aid. She gave a solo performance of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in July 2005 in the National Festival of Music for Youth and has performed solo fiddle live on radio at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and at the Millennium Dome. She is an ambassador for Wooden Spoon, a volunteer for South African foundation 'GGA' God's Golden Acre based in Kwazulu-Natal. Elspeth played solo in BBC's live Christmas broadcast The Liverpool Nativity, and works alongside Philip Sheppard.

2008 – present[edit]

Bond performing at the Metrocentre, Gateshead in promotion of the Peugeot 308CC.

Hanson replaced original member Haylie Ecker in 2008, when she left to have a child.[5] Hanson had previously appeared at the 2008 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony alongside Jimmy Page, Leona Lewis and David Beckham during the London 2012 handover.[5] Around that time she also played at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.

In 2009 Peugeot commissioned Bond to record Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" to advertise the 308CC.[6] These were among Hanson's first appearances with the Quartet.


  1. ^ "Berkshire violinist adds string to her bow". BBC Berkshire. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2009. Elspeth Hanson ... the 22-year-old
  2. ^ "Fiddling with Becks at the Olympics..." Get Reading. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2009. Elspeth Hanson, 21
  3. ^ "New member, same old Bond". The New Paper. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Elspeth Hanson, 24
  4. ^ "Bonding over babies". The Star Online. 20 October 2011. Chater, 35
  5. ^ a b Rees, Jasper (20 April 2009). "Escala v Bond: battle of the girl quartets". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Peugeot 308-CC". Peugeot. 2009. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.

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