Joanna Marsh is a British composer who has been living in Dubai since 2007. Her experience of the Middle East has informed many of her recent compositions including "The "Travels of Ibn Battuta" for the Maggini Quartet, (part one premiered in Dubai, Feb 2012). The brass fanfare "The Falcon and the Lion" was commissioned by the British Embassy in Dubai for the Queen's visit to Abu Dhabi, (Nov 2010 ) and her work for solo piano "The Hidden Desert", (Jan 2011) a piece reflecting on the changing landscape of Dubai through fifteen years of aerial photographs.
The inspiration for Joanna's compositions often comes from seeing contemporary subjects in a historical perspective. For example, "The Tower" (2008) for the BBC singers, (John Armitage Trust) was a reflection on the Burj Khalifa, Dubai's famously tall tower, and its curious parallels with the mythical Tower of Babel. The concert was broadcast on BBC radio 3 as part of the Sounds New contemporary music festival.
In 2009 Joanna had premieres in Lisbon with Onyx Brass: "Toccata", for the Lisbon "Bach Festival", at Kings' Place, London with "The Lament of Giles Coren" for soprano and quintet, at the Temple Church with "Columba", an organ symphony and at Winchester Cathedral with her set of organ pieces, "Four Musical Clocks". Also in 2009, Joanna was one of the composers on the Opera Genesis "Composing for Voice" Scheme at the Royal Opera House, which culminated in a performance with members of the London Sinfonietta.
In addition to her concert music, Joanna composed the music for the short film "The Morse Collectors" which has won prizes at seven international film festivals including the Chicago Children's Film Festival. Her songs for children's choirs based on the poetry of Brian Patten, have been performed at festivals and choral competitions internationally and across the UK including BBC Choir of the Year. In 2005 she wrote a musical installation for the Pier 6 Bridge at Gatwick Airport.
Joanna (b. 1970) studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was an organ scholar at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge.
“a useful addition to the repertoire for whole classes or year groups as they are light-hearted and naturally appealing” Mastersinger