Liz Hanks

Cellist, improviser, creator

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Emotive, creative and dynamic cellist of the highest quality. From touring with Liam Gallagher to improvising with Indian classical musicians; performing with Smokey Robinson to recording film soundtracks. Liz has a vast array of experience. Click on 'Contact Liz Hanks' to get started on your project.

Liz is respected and much in demand as a session musician in the UK. She has worked with pop/rock artists, Indian classical musicians, film composers, folk musicians, blues guitarists, jazz singers and singer songwriters.

Liz's studio recording credits include Duane Eddy, Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South), Mike Scott, Tony Christie, Richard Hawley, Thea Gilmore, Martin Simpson, Ben Ottewell (Gomez),Wayne Hussey (The Mission) and The Courteeners.

She has toured and performed live with with Liam Gallagher, Smokey Robinson, Richard Hawley Edwyn Collins, Wayne Hussey, Neil Finn, The Charlatans and Amy MacDonald.

Liz has recorded on numerous soundtracks for TV and film. including on the film 'Funny Cow' starring Maxine Peake, 'I am Dragon' composed by Simon Finley, 'The Runaways' starring Mark Addie and the award winning 'The Long Walk' directed by Mattie Do and composed by Anthony Weeden.

Liz's recent performance highlights include playing at the 2018 Brit Awards and on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury as the solo cellist for Liam Gallagher.

Computer game credits include: Lightseekers trailer, Blackwood Crossing, Beyond a Steel Sky.

Library music recording for: Audio Network, BMG, KPM Music, Ameritz Music, DED Good

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Liz Hanks
  • Paul Heaton
  • Jacqui Abbott
  • Richard Hawley
  • Martin Simpson
  • Thea Gilmore
  • Richard Hawley
  • Ben Ottewell
  • Paul Heaton
  • Jacqui Abbott
  • Richard Hawley
  • Slow Club
  • Paul Heaton
  • Jacqui Abbott
  • Thea Gilmore
  • In the Nursery
  • In the Nursery
  • Haujobb
  • Thea Gilmore
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows
  • The Ensemble of Shadows
  • In the Nursery
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • Grandadbob
  • Grandadbob
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • In the Nursery
  • A Girl Called Eddy
  • L'Âme Immortelle
  • Grandadbob
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • Paul Heaton
  • Jacqui Abbott
  • Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere
  • Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere

16 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Gordon G.
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    Liz just completed recording the cello part for a 5-movement cello concerto, including cadenzas and with may very exposed and nearly impossible passages, and managed to pull everything off beautifully, full of expression, adding whole new dimensions of musicality to the score. The tracks were all flawlessly played and recorded, and I cannot imagine a more congenial process. I highly recommend Liz to all!

  2. Review by Gordon G.
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    Liz is an phenomenal cellist. She recorded several movements of a cello concerto with lots of difficult solo passages flawlessly, and with a total commitment and soulfulness that brought everything to life beautifully. The results went far beyond what I could have imagined when writing the music. Beyond the quality of the performance, the tracks were also perfectly recorded with full beautiful sound that didn't require any additional adjustment.

  3. Review by Gordon G.
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    Liz recorded some challenging music for solo cello for me and did a fabulous job. She was super responsive, extremely musical, with spot-on interpretive sensibility, and a complete pleasure to work with. I could not be more satisfied with her work and recommend to everyone.

  4. Review by Ben Ward
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    Liz remotely recorded a track for me in a pop musical theatre style. Her playing was stylistically and technically perfect, and her recordings were of a high audio quality and sent to me very quickly. Liz has definitely jumped to the top of my 'first-call' list and I'd happily recommend her to anyone needing a cellist!

  5. Review by Cobbler
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    I have been lucky enough to work with Liz over many years. Her professionalism and diligence are undeniable. She is exceptional when playing from pre-written music, but when her creativity and originality are allowed to shine she is quite simply unrivalled in her field. A supreme talent, and I am honoured to have played alongside her.

  6. Review by Anday Smith (Made By Mortals)
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    Liz was a dream to work with... from planning, to co-delivery of an interactive workshop with vulnerable adults over zoom, to creating the most wonderful piece of music based on the ideas and musical motifs composed by the group. It's rare to find a musician who is equally as comfortable composing, performing and collaborating with vulnerable people in this way.

  7. Review by Justin Lewis
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    Liz brings a real calm confidence to everything she does, she has incredibly high standards and is a total pleasure to work with. Liz is perfectly at home in the studio, in front of a crowd of thousands, or in a more intimate setting - and is highly capable across a wealth of musical genres. Her many years of experience and breadth of talent mean Liz is unflappable and always delivers an amazing sound.

  8. Review by Paul Cookson
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    Liz added the magic we could only dream of. Her touch, feel, interpretation and empathy with our songs was flawless and lifted them immeasurably. Utterly wonderful. Such was her connection we are now writing with her contributions already in mind. Here's to the next time! Thanks so much Liz.
    Paul Cookson, songwriter with Don Powell's Occasional Flames

  9. Review by Will Killen
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    Liz brought my MIDI arrangement to life in record timing, and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Her skill and feel is of the highest level, and the recordings sound fantastic. I couldn't recommend her highly enough!

  10. Review by Raj
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    Thank you so much liz for the beautiful recording. looking forward to the finished track now. I’m really happy with the vibe you have created with this world fusion sound project. Thank you 😊

  11. Review by Michael Walsh
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    Liz was a central sound to my album Quarehawk released last year. She is supreme in identifying detail and catching the emotion of a song. Everything is played to a masterful standard. She is a wonderful improvisor and played traditional Irish music as if she had been playing it all her life. She easy company in the rehearsal room, in studio and on stage. I can't wait to work with her again.

  12. Review by Abdullah Babayiğit
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    improvisations are great, sound quality is good. Liz is a great master.

  13. Review by Sam Brown
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    I have worked with Liz in the studio and more recently remotely, in both scenarios I have been blown away by her musicianship. Her pitch, tone and phrasing surpass my expectations of my compositions and she is super friendly, quick and easy to work with. Without doubt one of the best session musicians I've ever worked with.

  14. Review by Anna Hawkins
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    I gave Liz two very different tracks of guitar and vocals and asked her to write cello parts with almost no brief (I trust her completely and wanted to see what she would come up with). The results were beautiful as expected and the creative process was smooth and utterly professional. Feel very lucky to have had a chance to collaborate with Liz.

  15. Review by Anthony Weeden
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    Liz is a wonderful cellist, musician and collaborator of the highest calibre, and comes with a great wealth of performing and recording experience. I've worked with Liz many, many times - she is extremely joyful and easy to work with, providing the highest quality results time after time, with a tailored service if required. I recommend Liz most highly.

  16. Review by Michael M.
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    Liz did some excellent cello on a song for a forthcoming indie EP I’m working on. Super happy with how it turned out. Working remotely really saved the day.

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Studio recording of film soundtrack for 'The Long Walk' composed by Anthony Weeden

I was the cellist in this production

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