I am super happy to say that I have graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, with a First Class degree in music.
ILLUMINATE WOMEN'S MUSIC
I am really happy to announce that I am one of the featured composers on the Illuminate Women's Music 2019 Season 2. I will be writing a piece for string quartet and soprano, for workshopping on residency in Snape Maltings and first performance at the Women in Music conference in Bangor in September 2019.
I had a great time singing in Caroline Shaw's Partita for 8 Voices and performing extracts from Georges Aperghis' Récitations in ARTICULATIONS, a concert put together by Leia Devadason. The Recitations were described by Varsity Magazine as “the highlight of the concert [...] the handling of its myriad staggeringly difficult techniques was breath-taking, and deserves special mention.” (review here)
COLLECTIVE31 ARTIST OF THE WEEK
I am really proud to be Collective31's Artist of the Week, following on from working with them in December on their Messiah:Reimagined project. I've done an interview discussing some of my past projects, what's important to me as a composer in terms of process and politics, and what I'm excited about looking forward. Give that interview a read here!
The inaugural Cambridge Female Composer Festival is happening this Lent term across Cambridge. I've really enjoyed being on the committee and making this festival come to life, both in my official capacity running the composing competition, as well as in helping to find repertoire, singing in several concerts and doing a solo vocal recital as part of the festival's term of events. You can find the list of events here, and a blog I wrote about composing and composing competitions (and their role for gender disparity in composing) here.
Follow the festival on twitter @camfemcomposers and find us facebook to keep up to date with all of our exciting events!
MASTERS STUDY AT GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA
I am incredibly happy to announce that I will be taking up a place on the Masters in Composition at Guildhall, with a Guildhall Scholarship and generous support from a Vaughan Williams Bursary.
NYCGB YOUNG COMPOSERS ANNOUNCED
I am really pleased to announce that I have been selected to be one of four composers in the National Youth choirs of Great Britain's first Young Composers Scheme. This will involve working closely with the choirs, Fellowship, Ben Parry as well as guest mentors towards a recording session with NMC Recordings in Summer 2019. Find out more here
SCI-FI LONDON 48-HOUR FILM CHALLENGE 2018
I was recently commissioned to make a soundtrack for a submission to the Sci-fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge, and I am pleased to announce that the film has made the shortlist for the competition! You can watch the finished project on the left.
I have just found out that I have been selected from a call for scores to receive a commission from Listenpony (find out more about them here) for their upcoming concert on the 9th of May. I will be writing for members of La Vaghezza on violin, cello, and theorbo.
You can buy tickets for the concerts here.
NEXT WAVE 2: NMC RELEASE OF 'to think at the sun'
PREMIERE OF 'the banquet'
"I was delighted with Joanna Ward's new work. The textures and ideas are imaginative and are unlike other contemporary choral music I know. Joanna has an original compositional voice and I look forward to getting to know more of her music."
- Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge
Listen in full here