Joanna is from Newcastle upon Tyne and currently in her third year reading Music at Jesus College, Cambridge. She began composing with Dr Chris Randall at the Centre for Advanced Training at the Sage Gateshead. At university, she has studied with Darren Bloom and Patrick Brennan, as well as receiving seminars and masterclasses from Richard Causton and visiting composers.
"The NYCGB Young Composers Scheme will allow me to build and reflect on my approach to writing choral music. Composing for voices is something I already have a range of experience with; however, my horizons have broadened substantially over the past few years, and so I think the openness of this scheme will be perfect for enabling me to create choral music which is reflective of my current aesthetic and creative priorities."