The bassoonist who’s also a boxer

The bassoonist who’s also a boxer


norman lebrecht

November 21, 2017

Hannah Rankin plays bassoon in the the London orchestras.

In her spare time, she fights other women.

Last week she won her first title. She calls herself The Classical Warrior.

Read here.


  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Would not want to be in the finals for an audition against her. No telling what might happen if she lost…

  • Max Grimm says:

    How about organising a benefit-fight for more music classes/lessons in schools…
    Rankin vs Jiggy

  • Dennis says:

    Female combat sports – yet another sign of the advancing barbarism of modern civilization.

    • Alex Davies says:


    • Steve P says:

      Is this a “barefoot – pregnant – in the kitchen” comment or do you seriously believe women haven’t earned the right to beat the crap out of each other?

      • Max Grimm says:

        It seems to me that Dennis is labouring under the delusion that women (as well as men and children) require certain ‘sports’ to beat the crap out of each other and that ‘barbarism’ is some sort of newer thing, not an unequivocally intrinsic part of human nature, past, present and future.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    This seems like an exceptionally bad idea for anyone with working brain cells.

  • Peggy Mount says:

    She looks fit in the interviews on You tube and rather statuesque for a bassoonist. She could park her bassoon up my alley anytime.

  • Alex Davies says:

    Great if she is enjoying it, but this seems a really bad idea for somebody whose profession makes use not only of her hands, as mentioned in the article, but also her mouth. Surely injuries to the lips, teeth, and tongue must be common in boxing. And it’s not as if a musician can just bounce back from an injury. There have certainly been musicians whose careers have been irretrievably ruined by an injury. Philip Pickett, for example, was forced to give up the trumpet after being kicked in the mouth. (I’d never condone violence, but having once crossed paths with the man I can understand how one would be tempted.)