Husband and wife team Alistair and Hannah met at the University of Edinburgh in 2004 whilst studying for their BMus degrees. They share a love for all types of music and a passion for teaching, aiming to instil a lifelong love of music in their students.
Both Hannah and Alistair have been teaching privately for over 15 years, with a particular focus on integrating technique, theory, history, harmony and improvisation. In 2012 they founded Two Bees. In addition to the Intensive Grade 5 Theory course written by Hannah, they are writing a new piano method for adults with a strong focus on harmony.
Together, Hannah and Alistair have run numerous workshops for children and adults. They have also both spent time studying the Alexander Technique, used by many actors and musicians, which is about overcoming habits affecting posture and thought processes.
They have two young sons who play music with them every day!
Hannah Cahill was born in London and began learning the piano at the age of 11, whilst at Godolphin & Latymer School. She went on to study music at the University of Edinburgh, under the direction of Peter Nelson and John Kitchen where she gained a Bachelor of Music degree (BMus (hons) ) in 2005, specialising in History, Counterpoint and Electroacoustic Composition.
Hannah specialises in (and LOVES!) Music Theory and teaches all of our courses. She is currently studying for an MSc in the psychology and neuroscience of music at Goldsmiths, University of London (you can read the Music, Mind & Brain blog here!) and is also trying to learn polyphonic singing!
In addition to her private teaching, and prior to forming Two Bees, Hannah co-directed Cactus Music School, putting on one day musicals and workshops for children as well as a series of lighthearted talks on music history, Beer & Bach, for adults in London pubs.
Hannah is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).
Alistair Bankier was born in Glasgow and began learning the piano at the age of seven and sang with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. He studied music at the University of Edinburgh, under the direction of Peter Evans, Nigel Osborne and John Kitchen, specialising in Piano Performance and Harmony & Counterpoint.
During his degree, Alistair spent time working wth inmates in an Edinburgh prison using music as part of the rehabilitation process. He gained his Bachelor of Music (BMus (hons) ) in 2006. He has performed both as a soloist and with orchestras and has also toured with many choirs as a baritone.
Alistair helps out with the day to day running of the school. He also happens to be a fantastic cook and he caters for all our group courses.