Joanna Tomlinson is a conductor, singer and vocal coach. She is the Principal Conductor of National Youth Girls’ Choir and conductor of the Whitehall Choir and Constanza Chorus in London. She is on the tutor panel for the Association of British Choral Directors.
She has conducted at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Notre Dame, Paris and Thomaskirche, Leipzig.
She recently stepped down as Artistic Director of Farnham Youth Choir, winners of two gold medals in the 2019 European Choir Games in Sweden. They were also invited to perform in the Sion Festival in Switzerland in 2019 and as a backing choir at the live X Factor final in 2018.
As guest conductor Joanna has worked with choirs including National Youth Choir and Chamber Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, Royal College of Music Chorus, Epiphoni, Joyful Company of Singers and Wimbledon Choral Society. She prepared the National Youth Choir for Brahms’ Requiem at the BBC Proms 2022 with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov.
A highly experienced vocal leader and animateur, she has worked for Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort ROAR outreach programme, National Youth Choir of Poland, National Youth Choir of Wales, and the UK Choir Festival. She has taught on singing courses for both Lacock and Helicon singing holidays.
Joanna has conducted orchestras including the London Mozart Players and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She was the co-editor with Neil Ferris for OUP’s upper-voice collection As You Sing. She teaches singing and conducting and has worked as an adjudicator including for Leith Hill Festival.
She has studied conducting with tutors including Sîan Edwards, George Hurst, Denise Ham, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Neil Ferris and Peter Hanke.
Joanna studied singing at the Royal College of Music, where she gained the post-graduate diploma in singing with Distinction. Joanna has appeared as the soprano soloist in core repertoire including Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Haydn Creation and Handel Messiah.
As a choral singer, Joanna has worked with BBC Singers, London Voices, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Gabrieli Consort and Le Concert D'Astree and Sonoro . Joanna has taught singing for over ten years and has also worked as a choral vocal coach.
She has taught at Bedales School, Trinity Laban Junior Department and Royal College of Music Junior Department and worked as vocal coach to the National Youth Choir of Wales, the Polish National Youth Choir, and Helicion Arts Summer Singing Courses. She has studied on vocal pedagogy courses with Ron Morris, Meribeth Dayme and and Jenevora Williams.