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About

Joanna is a Scottish Award-Winning Composer published by Universal Editions.

Joanna was commissioned by His Majesty King Charles III to write a Song in the Scot's language, Doric as a dedication to Her Majesty Queen Camilla which was sung at the Honours of Scotland service in 2023 at St Giles Cathedral by Karen Cargill, the Ayoub sisters and Scottish Honours Ensemble.

Joanna's debut Classical Choral album 'Love Illuminates' is available on all digital platforms with record label Regent Records, Directed by Sarah MacDonald and the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Joanna's music has been performed by a variety of prestigious ensembles, including the BBC Singer's, London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, and in multiple venues including: The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Hampton Court Palace, and Canterbury Cathedral

 

In 2018 Joanna was awarded the Cappella Nova Competition Prize after writing a piece to mark 100 years since the Woman's Suffragette. Adjudicated by James Macmillan, 'Immortal Peace' premiered at Stirling castle followed by multiple performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Joanna has arranged and orchestrated music for Artist Shan Ako (Hamilton), the Royal Philharmonic Strings, the UK Parliament prayer breakfast, and the London Community Gospel Choir. Joanna also composed and orchestrated music for a theatrical production of 'The Exodus' at the Royal Albert Hall with BBC writer and narrator Paul Kerensa and will be conducting her own orchestrations with a live orchestra and band in the iconic hall in May 2024.

When Joanna is not writing music she is usually paddle boarding down the river thames... or attempting to play the bagpipes!

Joanna's Inspiration for music is summed up by a quote from Bernstein when he said:

"There is no aspect of music which doesn't intrigue me and claim me 100%, whether it's performing it or talking about it or writing it." (Bernstein)

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