Joanna was born in Scotland in 1987. Her compositions are published by Universal Edition, and have been performed amongst a variety of ensembles including the BBC Singer's, London Symphony Chorus and LSO Brass/Percussion. During her time at Aberdeen University Joanna studied Composition under Paul Mealor. She then moved to London where she received her Masters in Composition.
Joanna's music has been performed in many venues across the UK including: The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Hampton Court Palace, St. Martin in the Fields, St Peter's Eaton Square, and Canterbury Cathedral.
Joanna was awarded the Cappella Nova Competition Prize 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.
In March 2020 Joanna had her first choral piece 'Unfailing Love' broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for International Women's Day. Joanna has also been working on two exciting USA commissions, including her first symphony.
During this unusual year of lockdown, Joanna has arranged music for the London Philharmonic Strings, the UK Parliament prayer breakfast, produced multiple virtual choirs and had her Christmas carol 'Sir Christemas' recorded with the London Symphony Chorus for an online Christmas Broadcast. Joanna has also conducted the HTB Classical Carols Broadcast and Alzheimer's Charity Broadcast online.
Her 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)