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Liz Hanks

Musicians (cello), cello teacher, session fixer

Liz is a freelance cellist and director of the Up North Session Orchestra.

She began her career after graduating from the University of Sheffield and joining a number of local bands and ensembles.  Liz is now in demand as a session musician and to perform live with local, national and international acts. Album credits include Richard Hawley, Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South), Duane Eddy, Martin Simpson, The Longpigs, Ben Ottewell (Gomez) and The Courteeners. She has performed live with artists including Smokey Robinson, Edwyn Collins, Richard Hawley, Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Kate Rusby, Jon Boden, Neil Finn and The Charlatans. For the last 2 years Liz has been the solo cellist for Liam Gallagher’s UK and European tours culminating in performances at the 2018 Brit Awards and this year at Glastonbury Festival.  

Liz is also a keen improviser and has been involved with many theatre, dance and film projects. In 2018 performed at the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, improvising to silent films alongside the pianist Neil Brand.  Last year Liz recorded a solo cello score composed by Anthony Weeden for the Laos film ‘The Long Walk’ which premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.