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Joanna Borrett studied cello in London and Moscow. In 1983 she formed, and was artistic director of, Peterborough String Orchestra, which received excellent reviews in the national press. She began composing recently and her work combines elements of both classical and folk music. She also offers free improvisation lessons on Facebook:  Joanna Borrett Composer | Facebook 

Joanna’s music has been published by SJ Music and U.M.P. and she is a house composer at Kevin Mayhew . Two of her duets have been chosen for the ABRSM 2024 cello exam syllabus.

Her Ensemble   recorded Joanna’s first string orchestra work – Clan – and gave the world premiere  at Birmingham’s Elgar Concert Hall in February 2024.  The  recording was released on March 8th 2024 and immediately chosen as Album of the Weekend by Scala Radio. The live video of the third movement – taken from the premiere – was chosen as Video of the Day by Gramophone. There are three follow on concerts of Clan in April at The Quarry in Liverpool, Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds and Cobalt Studios in Newcastle.

Joanna Borrett studied cello in London and Moscow. In 1983 she formed, and was artistic director of, Peterborough String Orchestra, which received excellent reviews in the national press. She began composing recently and her work combines elements of both classical and folk music. She also offers free improvisation lessons on Facebook:  Joanna Borrett Composer | Facebook 

Joanna’s music has been published by SJ Music and U.M.P. and she is a house composer at Kevin Mayhew . Two of her duets have been chosen for the ABRSM 2024 cello exam syllabus.

Her Ensemble   recorded Joanna’s first string orchestra work – Clan – and gave the world premiere  at Birmingham’s Elgar Concert Hall in February 2024.  The  recording was released on March 8th 2024 and immediately chosen to be Album of the Weekend by Scala Radio. There are three follow on concerts of Clan in April at The Quarry in Liverpool, Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds and Cobalt Studios in Newcastle.

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.

 

Armour and Battlefield (7th and 8th movements of Clan)Video

Clan was recorded by Her Ensemble last year and the recording was chosen to be Album of the Weekend by Scala Radio on March 8th, the day of its release and the concert video of the third movement – Us – was chosen as ‘Video of the Day’ at The Gramophone
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

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