Joanna, born in Scotland is an award-winning Composer published by Universal Editions. Her music has been performed amongst a variety of ensembles including the BBC Singer's, London Symphony Chorus and LSO Brass/Percussion. Joanna studied Composition under Royal Composer, Paul Mealor then travelled south to complete her Masters in London, in Composing music for for Film and Television.
Joanna's music has been performed in multiple 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.
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 also works as an Orchestrator and co-orchestrated a new piece of music written especially for BBC's Songs of Praise in presence of Her Majesty the Queen. In March 2019 Joanna Composed and Orchestrated the music for 'The Exodus' Theatrical production at the Royal Albert Hall with BBC writer and narrator Paul Kerensa.
Joanna has arranged music for the Royal Philharmonic Strings, the UK Parliament prayer breakfast, produced multiple virtual choirs and had her Christmas carol 'Sir Christemas' recorded and broadcast with the London Symphony Chorus. In 2020 Joanna conducted the Holy Trinity Brompton's Classical Carols Broadcast and UK Alzheimer's Charity Carols Broadcast. She is currently working on her first Symphony scheduled to perform in the US 2022 alongside a couple of other International projects.
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)
"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