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Kristal Hamson



I absolutely loved my time studying at Trinity [Laban]. I was impressed with the tuition from day one and I was given so many performance opportunities, ranging from playing Principal Clarinet in the Symphony Orchestra to auditions for music agencies whom still give me work almost 10 years later. I found all members of staff extremely supportive (in particular my then Head of WBP) and I feel that my tuition there has enabled me to become the well rounded, versatile musician, required of today.

Kristal Hamson


Kristal Hamson is a freelance orchestral musician and educator.

After studying at Trinity Laban, she became Co-Principal Clarinet of Southbank Sinfonia and has since gone on to perform with leading orchestras such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, City of London Sinfonia, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed chamber music at the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2014, Kristal made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms and in 2017 performed there again as a wind soloist alongside Nigel Kennedy. She now performs there frequently with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Kristal regularly records in sessions at Abbey Road, Maida Vale and Angel Studios. She is the solo clarinettist for the BBC One drama Call the Midwife and features on the show’s 2018 soundtrack album. Kristal has performed in West End shows including Miss Saigon, Love Never Dies, and Wizard of Oz, and has toured the UK with Barnum and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
As well as performing, Kristal teaches Clarinet at Christ’s Hospital School in Sussex.