Kristal Hamson studied at Chethams School of Music and went on to Trinity College of Music, gaining a BMus (Hons) in 2006. She then became a member of Southbank Sinfonia, holding the Co-Principal Clarinet position and now enjoys a rich and varied career as a free-lance musician playing with some of the country’s finest orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, City of London Sinfonia and English Session Orchestra.
She has also given chamber music recitals at the National Portrait Gallery, Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and has done several recordings at Abbey Road, Maida Vale and Angel Studios – most recently recording the clarinet solos for the BBC One drama ‘Call the Midwife’ (also released on soundtrack).
In 2014 she made her debut in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms and three years ago performed there again as one of the wind soloists with Nigel Kennedy and Jean Luc Ponty. She now performs there regularly with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
She also held the clarinet and flute chair on the UK tours of Barnum and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as regularly playing for Miss Saigon, Love Never Dies and Wizard of Oz in the West End.
Kristal has a real love of teaching the Clarinet and currently holds the teaching position at Christ’s Hospital School Horsham, where she teaches three days a week. As well as this she teaches Clarinet and Piano privately in the Hampstead area.