Awards

Edith Brass Prize for Lieder

Edith Brass Prize for Lieder

Earlier this week Joanna was awarded the Edith Brass Prize for Lieder at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, accompanied by pianist David Todd.

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Handel House Talent 2017/18

Joanna has been selected as one of the six Handel House Talent 2017/18 artists. Led by baroque specialist Laurence Cummings, the scheme is designed to further the development of promising young musicians at the start of their professional careers.

As part of the scheme, Joanna will give a number of performances at Handel House in London, receive a public masterclass from an international specialist, as well as a showcase concert for the young artists in St. George’s, Hannover Square in 2018.

Joanna will also be taking part in Handel House’s year long outreach and education programme “Baroque Central” in London schools.

The six new artists were announced at a special launch concert and reception at Handel House last month.

Handel House Talent 2017-18 (Credit: Sandra Vijandi/Handel & Hendrix in London)

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London Young Welsh Singer of the Year Finals

London Young Welsh Singer of the Year Finals

Tonight Joanna will perform in the finals of the London Young Welsh Singer of the Year competition at the London Welsh Centre, in a programme including songs and arias by Handel, Berg and Meirion Williams.

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Nei Stëmmen scholarship

Nei Stëmmen scholarship

Joanna has been awarded one of the Nei Stëmmen scholarships from the Foundation Michelle / Fonds Culturel National to attend a week of masterclasses with Jennifer Larmore in Luxembourg in November, compete in the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch prelims, and sing at a gala concert at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg on 4 November.

To hear the amazing Jennifer Larmore in action, see this clip:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJoykvY2sgs

Réalisé avec le concours du Fonds culturel national.

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2016

2016

2016 has been a difficult year for the world in general – or perhaps it is just a year that has forcefully brought home to those of us lucky enough to live mostly without fear of safety, want or prejudice, that not everyone does. It feels like we might have gone backwards in some (important) respects – so I am all the more conscious of the need to focus on all the things about 2016 that I am very grateful for: some truly amazing music, wonderful opportunities to learn and develop, and – most importantly – all the talented, hilarious and inspiring people I have met and worked with.

I have so many wonderful memories of operas this year: performing Dido in the beautiful Great Hall at Dartington this summer, wearing a LOT of sequins at Opera Holland Park, touring Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore around Wales, and most recently a very special and moving production of Suor Angelica with Manchester Opera Ensemble in collaboration with the Women’s Equality Party – a truly rewarding and unforgettable project (#EqualityOpera).

The concerts have been no less enjoyable. I’ve been lucky enough to sing at the gorgeous Harrogate Royal Hall with the BBC Philharmonic and Huddersfield Choral Society, at St. Martin in the Fields, and in Russian for the first time at Pushkin House in London. I got to travel all over the country performing some cracking oratorios, including my first Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem and C Minor Mass, CPE Bach Magnificat and Vivaldi Gloria. And I’ve discovered some splendid music – everything from Scarlatti cantatas to brand new works by composers like Melissa Douglas and Michael Betteridge.

I said goodbye to many MANY friends at the Royal Northern College of Music after graduating from my Masters this summer, but I’ve embraced bonny Glasgow, where I’ve just finished my first term at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I’ve also had even more chance to learn and develop from opportunities like the British Youth Opera workshops and a week-long Film & Opera masterclass in Switzerland.

I’m most grateful for the variety of things I get to do – working with school children as the Witch in Hansel & Gretel for Opera North’s “In Harmony” Easter hub, improvising performance art for the brilliant Maeve Rendell, running our vocal ensemble Melodico with soprano Charlotte Trepess, or countless broadcasts with the BBC Daily Service Singers.

And I’m already looking forward to the chances and challenges of 2017. I can’t wait to perform Ottone in Agrippina at the RCS in January, before diving into a double-bill of two little-known French operas by Frank Martin and Darius Milhaud in March. I’ll also get the chance to pop back to Wales for a concert of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Cardiff in May, and I’m delighted to be returning to Opera Holland Park in London for their 2017 season.

Most of the enjoyment comes from the people – so to the teachers, coaches, instrumentalists, producers, conductors, directors, stage managers, administrators and all the many, many singers who I am lucky enough to count as both colleagues and friends: Thanks, and here’s to 2017!

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Dido at Dartington

Dido at Dartington

Joanna has been awarded a full bursary by the Dartington Hall Trust to perform the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas on the Advanced Opera course at Dartington International Summer School in August. It will be directed by Richard Williams and coached by Margaret Faultless and Ruby Hughes.

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