RECORDING music for a Hollywood film, playing for the Queen and preparing to give birth.
It’s all in a day’s work for a Marsden violinist.
Jenny Hanson is due to give birth any day now and it coincides with the release of a film on which she worked on the soundtrack.
She recorded solo violin tracks for the soundtrack for Leap Year and advised the composer on Irish folk music.
Leap Year is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Anand Tucker. The film stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode
And Jenny’s just adding the finishing touches to a short film commissioned for a performance at Westminster Abbey which will be shown to the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prime Minister as part of the forthcoming Commonwealth Day celebrations.
But it looks as if Jenny will miss that event too as she’s already a week over her due date for her second daughter.
Jenny said: “It’s been a busy time.
“I started work on the film last October after a guitarist I met knew the composer of the film Leap Year.
“He asked me for his input and wanted to know something about Irish folk music and that’s how I got involved.
“I recorded some sessions for the film, which was released on Friday, but I’ve not had the chance to see it as I was due to give birth on February 25 and I’m still waiting.”
At the same time, Jenny started working on filming music for the Commonwealth Day celebrations.
But she looks set to miss the live performance on March 8 due to her late arrival.
“Everything has happened at once,” she added.
“I would love to be there and to perform live but unless I give birth very, very soon it won’t happen.”
Jenny studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at the Royal College of Music in London before becoming a freelance viola player.
It’s a job which has taken her all over the world, performing with orchestras and bands until she was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).
It allowed her to move in a different direction, working with folk musician Karine Polwart, who is also due to give birth, and perform with Shirley Bassey at London’s Hyde Park.
But Jenny, who lives in Marsden with her husband Alastair and daughter Lucy, aged two and a half, is now looking forward to the family’s new arrival as it means she can put her feet up for a while.
“After the last few months I’m looking to just being a mum,” she added. “But I’d love to work on films again.
“I’ve done sessions in the past as part of an orchestra and with other violinists, but never anything on my own like this before.
“It would be great to do some more in the future.”