Liz Hanks

Cellist, improviser, creator

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Emotive, creative and dynamic cellist. From touring with Liam Gallagher to improvising with Indian musicians; performing with Smokey Robinson to recording film soundtracks. Liz has a vast array of experience as a session musician and can both expertly record composed cello lines as well as improvise to add an extra layer of emotion to a track.

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

Her studio recording credits include Rita Ora, Duane Eddy, Richard Hawley, Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South), Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Tony Christie, Chris Kamara, Thea Gilmore, Martin Simpson, Jim Moray, Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Laura Sullivan and The Courteeners.

Liz's performance highlights include performing with Smokey Robinson at the Royal Albert Hall, London and playing solo cello on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival and at the Brit Awards with Liam Gallagher.
She has also toured and performed live with 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 and the award winning 'The Long Walk' directed by Mattie Do and composed by Anthony Weeden.
Computer game credits include: Lightseekers trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy and Beyond a Steel Sky.

Liz is also a co-director of the Up North Session Orchestra and can provide string quartets, or larger string ensembles if required.

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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
  • Richard Hawley
  • Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows
  • The Ensemble of Shadows
  • Richard Hawley
  • In the Nursery
  • Richard Hawley
  • 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
  • Richard Hawley
  • Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere
  • Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere
Discogs verified credits for Liz Hanks
  • Sally Doherty
  • Justin Lewis Orchestra
  • Longpigs
  • Matt Howden
  • Sally Doherty And The Sumacs
  • Richard Hawley
  • Sally Doherty and the Sumacs*
  • Grandadbob
  • Richard Hawley
  • Matt Howden
  • Grandadbob
  • L'Âme Immortelle
  • Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble Of Shadows
  • A Girl Called Eddy
  • In The Nursery
  • Various
  • Richard Hawley
  • Kings Have Long Arms
  • Grandadbob
  • Grandadbob
  • Sopor*
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • In The Nursery
  • Sally Doherty
  • Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble Of Shadows
  • In The Nursery
  • Richard Hawley
  • Richard Hawley
  • Thea Gilmore
  • Sally Doherty | Paul Kilvington
  • In The Nursery
  • Thea Gilmore ∙ Sandy Denny
  • Chris Capel
  • Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott*
  • Slow Club (3)
  • Richard Hawley
  • Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott
  • Black Cat White Cat
  • The Courteeners
  • Christopher Hawkins (2)
  • Tracey Browne
  • Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott
  • Autobahn (7)
  • Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott
  • In The Nursery
  • Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere
  • Vive-La-Rose*
  • The Courteeners
  • Various
  • Richard Hawley
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Martin Simpson
  • Rory Pilgrim
  • Simeon Walker
  • Wayne Hussey & The Divine (3)
  • Marwan (7)
  • Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott
  • Don Powell's Occasional Flames*
  • Leonard Küßner, Hannes Bieber
  • Andrea Mainini
  • Army Of Briars
  • In The Nursery
  • Barry Gilbey
  • Heath Common

53 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by John B.
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    I only had a short cello part for my song but Liz played it perfectly and gave me some options. Definitely recommended.

  2. Review by David L.
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    Spot on! Just what I wanted and needed! Fast communication and delivery! I'll be back!

  3. Review by Patrick R.
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    Liz was so great to work with, she knew right away what to do and what we were looking for. Her performance is absolute top professional and her recording quality outstanding! I am so glad I found her, she's my go to cellist from now on!

  4. Review by Daniel O.
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    Liz was awesome to work with, the tone was really rich and perfect for an intimate strings sound that has a lot of character and emotion. Very accurate intonation and the recording quality was great. Im super happy with the results! Her Improvisation was great too, and it was easy to find ideas together that enhanced the project.

  5. Review by Wade R.
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    Liz came up with such beautiful work for my song with minimal direction. She put her amazing talent to great work. Thanks so much!!

  6. Review by Sandrine
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    Liz was very professional. It was a real pleasure to work with her. She was also able to do the revisions I asked without any problem. Thank you! Definitely recommend her.

  7. Review by Mia
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    Liz was creative, professional, and very fast to deliver.Pleasure to work with,thank you~

  8. Review by E. A.
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    Liz wrote and played on our acoustic guitar song with vocals; it was amazing; beautiful part and played perfectly; highest recommendation. Thank you, E

  9. Review by Richard D.
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    Another job well done by Liz Hanks. I’ve lost count at this point, but I keep coming back for more and will continue to do so:)

  10. Review by Bav
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    Liz has been a joy to collaborate with on these current projects, really getting into the ideas of the tracks and delivering high quality cello parts that encapsulates everything i was looking for.

  11. Review by Eric S.
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    Liz has been an amazing musical talent and contributor to our album "Pieces of Forever". Her cello play is gorgeous, she brings a wonderful creative flair to the project, and is always there for us, on time, again and again. We look forward to working with Liz soon!

  12. Review by Bav
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    Liz is an excellent cellist and great collaborator, it's a pleasure bringing her into a project.

  13. Review by Jenae A.
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    Liz is amazing. She was fast on delivery and her cello parts are incredible. I can't wait to work with her again.

  14. Review by Bav
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    Liz is exceptional cellist who really gets into the concept of the track, delivering the highest quality work every single time. Highly recommended.

  15. Review by Fizzy Beard
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    2 songs, 2 masterpiece.
    A real pleasure to work again with Liz the great : )
    A true Goddess

  16. Review by Bav
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    Whether it be laying the foundations of your track or coming in near the end of production, Liz always delivers excellent cello parts of the highest quality. A great pro to collaborate with.

  17. Review by Hansjoerg W.
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    Pleasure to work with, very good musical ideas, great sound - all in all great!

  18. Review by Fizzy Beard
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    Liz brings magic and poetry to my song.
    She is incredible and work very fast.

    Don't hesitate to reach her to put your music to a higher level : )

    Wish her all the best

  19. Review by Richard D.
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    Liz has now done a good grip of songs for me and I’m always so excited to send her more. She’s basically a really cool part of my record at this point—and I couldn’t be happier to have found this consistent source of all things cello. She’s got such great feel and depth to her playing, and can always deliver the perfect idea to compliment the music.

  20. Review by Bav
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    Liz delivers fantastic cello lines that enrich your project and takes it to the next level. A pleasure to collab with.

Interview with Liz Hanks

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I was the cellist on Martin Simpson's recent album 'Rooted'. Due to the instrumentation and the way the rehearsals evolved the album was made in a 'live' recording situation. I was working with some of my all time favourite musicians and the live element was so exciting. Am so proud to have been involved, check it out!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am writing my own solo cello album, it draws upon the many influences I have had throughout my career: folk, minimalism, Indian classical, improvisation and contemporary classical music. I am also including field recordings of urban wildlife in my local area. It's an eclectic mix, but am really proud of the pieces I am making and really excited to be able to share them very soon.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: Cello (and bow), laptop, Focusrite, my Aria mic, headphones. All set up to keep recording my own music (which I am loving at the moment)

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I have my studio set up in my home, I am so lucky to have a calm quiet space to work in. I use a Sontronics Aria as my principle microphone, plus a AKG AKG C414 and an Avantone CR-14 ribbon microphone. I use a Focusrite Scartlet 2i2 and all my projects are recorded using Logic Pro X.

  9. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  10. A: I would highly recommend Natalie Purton for any violin parts, she is an amazing violinist and will make your track sparkle! I also recommend the wonderful Anthony Weeden: orchestrator, composer and arranger. He is always amazing at anything he turns his hand to and the nicest guy you will ever meet!

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I feel I can tell a story in my playing and pride myself in adding emotion and depth to cello parts that I am given.

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: Both! Everything has its strength and weaknesses.

  15. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  16. A: My promise is to deliver my very best work (always!)

  17. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  18. A: I love hearing the finished products played on the radio, on TV or films, its so exciting to know the music is reaching out to people far and wide. I love the creative process of composing, performing and recording. I strongly believe the journey to learn these things has a huge effect on who you are as a person.

  19. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  20. A: Often customers have a style, technique or idea but feel embarrassed that they don't know the technical term. I really don't mind! Its all about communicating so all you need to do is describe what you want in your own words.

  21. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  22. A: Maybe that everything comes easily to me? I work really hard at everything and really enjoy discovering more about playing music, learning about music production and learning about bettering myself.

  23. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  24. A: I always want to get a really clear idea of what they have in mind for their track. Also I like to make sure all the practical issues are sorted (like what parts I need, formats etc)

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Do your research and make sure the musician makes the right sound and has the playing style you want. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions.

  27. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  28. A: I have been playing and recording professionally for over 20 years now (!) I studied at the University of Sheffield and subsequently with Bernard Gregor-Smith (Lindsay String Quartet). As well as a classical freelance career I playing in a few bands and this is where I learnt to write and play in so many styles. Since I have always accepted challenges and worked hard on everything I have done. Last year I performed (solo) with Liam Gallagher on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, my 20 year old self wouldn't have believed it! I love the exciting things that life throws at you,

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Emotive and eclectic.

  31. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  32. A: I am currently quite into folk and contemporary classical music so I would have to say Erland Cooper, I love his music! I am so lucky that I have ended up in studios in the past with artists that I only have dreamed of working with, have had to pinch myself many times!

  33. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  34. A: Make sure your room is set up well with rugs and acoustic panels. The room sound really makes a difference.

  35. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  36. A: I have played for rock, pop, singer songwriter projects, trap, jazz, Indian music and folk. I can honestly say I don't have a favourite, I really do love playing in all styles.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: I think the main thing is I really care about what I do, I will only ever do my very best and will work hard to get there. I am also friendly, approachable and always willing to listen.

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: For a new song, I will listen for a while and then will record some initial improvisations and ideas. I always the find the best, most natural ideas occur this way. These will then be formed into a final part which I will go on to record and edit, ready to be sent!

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I love the playing of cellist Yo Yo Ma (who doesn't) and greatly admire Sheku Kanneh-Mason who has recently done so much to elevate the profile of the cello, his playing is stunning.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: The majority of my work is for album projects and soundtracks in so many different styles!

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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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Gear Highlights
  • Sontronics Aria
  • AKG C414
  • Focusrite 2i2
  • Logic Pro X
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  • New MicrophoneFeb 05, 2021

    Started the new year with a beautiful new microphone - The 'Aria' by Sontronics.  Looking forward to lots of recording in 2021!