Joanna Ward (Composer – Festival Service)

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    Joanna Ward - photoJoanna Ward is an 18 year old composer, pianist and singer from Newcastle upon Tyne. After enjoying composing at school, she was encouraged to broaden her horizons and take specialised composition lessons, and has done so at the Sage Gateshead’s Weekend School for the past two years. Her compositional successes thus far include being selected as a composer for the NYO; having pieces performed at the Sage (including a piece she wrote for their Youth Orchestra, Young Sinfonia); having a piece workshopped and performed by Voces8 at the St Andrew’s Voices Festival 2015; being commissioned by Gateshead Chamber Choir and St Andrew’s University Chapel Choir, and winning the Gesualdo Six’s Composition Competition, resulting in her work being performed at St John’s Smith Square. She also enjoys playing the piano, both giving solo performances and playing as a part of a piano trio, and singing, in several local choirs and the National Youth Choir. She is currently studying for A levels in Music, Maths and Physics, and hopes to read Music at the University of Cambridge next year.