Hazel Askew is a singer, musician and composer from London who grew up
immersed in folk music and stories. She spent her childhood at folk festivals,
dancing and playing for Morris, Appalachian and Rapper dance teams and being
inspired by songs and ballads.
She followed her love of stories to Newcastle University to English Literature with Music, where she gained a first class degree as well as the Harry Clews Prize for her folk singing recital.
As well as playing with Emily as The Askew Sisters, Hazel spends her time singing and playing harp with vocal harmony trio Lady Maisery, who have released two critically acclaimed albums and were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2011.
Hazel’s love of music and narrative has also led her to work as a composer for film, theatre and dance. She has written music for stage productions by companies including Darren Ellis Dance, The Hampstead Players and Shakespeare in Styria. She recently composed the orchestral score for More Film’s trilogy of fairy stories ‘Tales’, as well as a popular music soundtrack for their upcoming film 'International Men’s Day'. She recently scored the music and songs for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s series on Original Pronunciation at their new Jacobean Indoor Playhouse.
As well as performing on the folk scene, Hazel also sings and plays medieval harp with Early Music groups such as The Dufay Collective and The Artisans, with whom she has played at Buckingham Palace, The Globe Theatre and live on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.
Hazel is also a keen folk music educator and regularly works for organisations such as the EFDSS, Barbican Education, Folkworks, Dartington International Summer School and Aldeburgh Young Musicians as well as freelance workshops and lessons.