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Joanna Borrett is a cellist who taught herself to improvise and compose recently. Since then she has had several books of string music published and two of her duets were included in the 2024 ABRSM cello syllabus.

Joanna’s first string orchestra work – Clan -was recorded by Her Ensemble  last summer. On its release in March 2024 it was immediately chosen as Album of the Weekend by Scala Radio, Video of the Day by Gramophone  and played on Jools Holland’s Radio 3 programme Earlier.

Joanna’s work combines elements of both classical and folk music and has been published by SJ Music, U.M.P. and she is a house composer at Kevin Mayhew. She also offers free improvisation lessons on Facebook:  Joanna Borrett Composer | Facebook She would love to bring some of the relaxed connection folk players have with their instruments to the classical world.

Joanna Borrett is a cellist who taught herself to improvise and compose recently. Since then she has had several books of string music published and two of her duets were included in the ABRSM cello exam syllabus.

Joanna’s first string orchestral work – Clan – was recorded by Her Ensemble   last summer. On its release in March 2024  it was immediately chosen as Album of the Weekend by Scala Radio, Video of the Day by Gramophone  and played on Jools Holland’s Radio 3 programme ‘Earlier’.

Joanna’s work combines elements of both classical and folk music and has been published by SJ Music, U.M.P. and she is a house composer at Kevin Mayhew.  She also offers free improvisation lessons on Facebook:  Joanna Borrett Composer | Facebook  and hopes to bring some of the relaxed connection folk players have with their instruments to the classical world.
Members of Her Ensemble rehearse Reel before a concert at The Quarry, Liverpool

Clan

A narrative piece for cello and piano.

Clan

A narrative piece for cello and piano.

Ravishingly beautiful music…you have a glorious gift for melody”  

Paul  Carr, Composer, January 2023

Latest news… 

Joanna’s first string orchestra work – Clan – was premiered by Her Ensemble at the Elgar Concert Hall in Birmingham at the Crosscurrents Festival on February 24th, 2024.

100 vinyls have been created to mark Clan’s world premiere and can be bought here:
 https://joannaborrett.bandcamp.com/album/clan

Folk and Beyond

A cello and piano album of traditional folk songs and original compositions

“The raw spirit of the tunes will appeal to the undiluted emotional landscape of a younger player. Intense yet attainable pieces such as ‘Avanti’ will give them the thrill of virtuosic playing. Some of the more lyrical originals have the flavour of Frank Bridge’s Miniatures.”

Music Teacher Magazine | December 2022

Folk and Beyond

A cello and piano album of traditional folk songs and original compositions

“The raw spirit of the tunes will appeal to the undiluted emotional landscape of a younger player. Intense yet attainable pieces such as ‘Avanti’ will give them the thrill of virtuosic playing. Some of the more lyrical originals have the flavour of Frank Bridge’s Miniatures.”

Music Teacher Magazine | December 2022

Get in touch

Please email  jbcontact@btinternet.com