Milly Hoddo – Handpan Player, Edinburgh

Hello, I am Milly Hoddo. I live in Edinburgh with my family and I play Handpans.

Handpans, also known as Pantam or (incorrectly) as Hang Drums, are tuned percussion instruments that look strangely like a flying saucer, yet have an elegant sound something like a cross between steel drums and a harp. I’ve been playing them since 2011 and over the years have been fortunate enough to try hundreds of pans made by different makers from around the world.

I am a Musician and Hang drum/ Handpan Teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. I teach Handpan both face to face and via Skype. I have a good understanding of music theory. Please contact me if you would like handpan lessons or to talk through any difficulties you are having.

Handpan Workshops. On occasion I run handpan workshops in Edinburgh. Check out my Facebook page or instagram page for more information.

I am available as a Session Musician and play at weddings, parties, corporate or other events to add a unique atmosphere and experience to the occasion in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow. Contact me for a quote.

Download my music. In June 2016 I self published my mini EP entitled Deadpan. Tracks include Kaleidoscopic, Pancension and Jazz Handpan Fan. It is available for digital download at Bandcamp and not to be missed.

I perform live as part of The Enharmonic Collective. We formed in 2019 and play a fusion of folk, jazz and funk. 

Community is very important to me. I am a regular attendee at Hang Out UK and my passion for people and Handpans has allowed me to travel around the world. It has also led me to co-organise the Great Northern Handpan Gathering which takes place in the North of England / South Scotland in early Spring. Visit the Facebook page for more info on this year’s gathering or contact me.

My Discovery of the Hang

I fell in love with the Panart Hang in 2008 when a very lovely chap came to lodge with me for a few weeks.  I couldn’t believe the beauty of this instrument which looked like a space ship and sounded like a harp! I immediately knew it was the instrument for me but learning of the difficult journey to attain a Hang I didn’t imagine that I could ever own one.

A few years later I discovered that a number of people around the world had begun to make  similar instruments, having been so inspired by the Hang. My journey led me to meet many wonderful pan players and makers from around the world and currently I play both Aciel and Panstream handpans.

See handpans for more information about the instruments.