Joanna, born in Scotland is an award-winning Composer published by Universal Editions.
Joanna wrote the music for short film 'Straight Jacket' and is currently recording her first album of choral music with the Selwyn College Choir Cambridge with Conductor, Sarah MacDonald. Her first Choral Symphony 'The Resurrection' is scheduled to premiere at the Cadogan Hall in London, June 2023 followed by a US premiere later that year.
Joanna's music has been performed amongst a variety of ensembles including the BBC Singer's, London Symphony Chorus and LSO and in multiple venues across the UK 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.
In March 2019 Joanna Composed and Orchestrated music for a theatrical production of 'The Exodus' at the Royal Albert Hall with BBC writer and narrator Paul Kerensa.
Joanna has arranged and orchestrated music for the Royal Philharmonic Strings, the UK Parliament prayer breakfast, the London Community Gospel Choir and co-orchestrated a new piece of music written especially for BBC's Songs of Praise in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Joanna also conducts and works closely with the Holy Trinity Brompton chamber choir and orchestra, with numerous services available online as well as conducting carols for a special Advent Service with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
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)
"A very distinguished Composer, Arranger and Conductor"
Choral Conductor, London Symphony Chorus - Simon Halsey
'Joanna has that natural ability to capture a range of moods and styles in one piece: from grandioso and majestic brass fanfares to beautifully executed woodwind runs, and from a natural Celtic flair for fiddling violin passages to Zimmeresque filmic drumming and percussion. Not only is Joanna an outstanding composer, orchestrator and arranger – at home with choral and symphonic writing – she is also a real delight to work with. You have a real sense that Joanna is not just invested in the notes on the page, but the players, singers and audience for whom she is penning each inspired note for.'
Conductor/Music Director - Michael Thomas Andrews
"Joanna, this Beautiful! Bravo"
Composer - Eric Whitacre
"Working with Joanna is such a treat. I send her my song and an idea of what I want orchestrated and it's like she is literally in my head and just envisages exactly what I wanted. It's a testament to her talent and gift. She is my go to person for sure. Looking forward to working on many more projects."
Singer-Songwriter - Fiona Lucy