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Joanna Gill © 2016

Biography

Joanna, originally from Perth, Scotland, is a classically trained award-winning composer. Having studied composition with Royal composer Paul Mealor at the University of Aberdeen, her passion for music and media then brought her to London where she undertook a masters in Composing music for Film and Television.

 

In 2015 Joanna was commissioned to write a choral piece for Hampton Court Palace’s 500 year celebration. Her music has also been performed across the UK and in many great London venues including: Royal Albert Hall, St Peter's Eaton Square, St. Martin in the Fields, the Barbican and Canterbury Cathedral. 

 

As a lover of theatre, Joanna performed and composed some violin parts for a new Shakespeare play 'What she will' which, upon its success in London won the chance to perform in Stratford Upon Avon. Her most recent Theatre commission was to write 5 orchestral scores to underscore a narrated performance of the Exodus story which was premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, March 2019. 

 

In August 2018 Joanna won the Cappella Nova Competition open to Woman composers to write a piece to mark 100 years since in the Womans Suffragette. Adjudicated by James Macmillan, 'Immortal Peace' premiered at Stirling castle followed by four performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Joanna has performed violin in front of the Queen and Prince Charles and has sung in many aspiring venues including; the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Barbican, Studio 1 - Abbey Road Studios and London's iconic Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms.

Joanna is a confident Orchestrator/Arranger and Music Publishing Editor. Alongside her many passions, including TV Broadcasting, she is also a trained Music Script Reader for live music events. Joanna's sheet music can be purchased by her Publishers; Universal Editions.

Last Christmas, her latest Christmas Carol, Sir Christmas, was premiered at the Barbican with World renowned Choral Conductor, Simon Halsey and the London Symphony Chorus.

In March 2020 Joanna had her first choral piece 'Unfailing Love' broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for International Women's Day. She is looking forward to two trips to the USA next to premiere brand new choral works, including a concert alongside Royal Composer, Paul Mealor and the Voce Chamber Choir. 

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)