All Souls Music – Singer
In a few weeks time, 24 March 2018, the All Souls Orchestra will be presenting an evening of music to form the highlight to the Connect mission week at Hailsham Parish Church, East Sussex. Meet Joanne McGahon – a close friend of All Souls Music who we are delighted to say is going to be our featured soloist. She last joined us in December 2017, when Joanne was honoured to be asked to sing a newly commissioned hymn with All Souls Orchestra to Her Majesty The Queen for the 150th Anniversary of Scripture Union which was aired on BBC Songs of Praise.
How it all began
London based, award winning Soprano Joanne McGahon trained with English National Opera and the National Opera Studio. Performance highlights include the title role of Tosca, concerts at the MuTh concert Hall in Vienna (with All Souls Orchestra), Festival Internazionale del Teatro Romano, Trent Park’s Open Air Classical Prom and more recently starring alongside Rick Wakeman and The Orion Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the Water Rat Proms.
In addition to performing live on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship, Joanne is the official opera singer for Absolute Radio, recording for film and television soundtracks as well as chart success with her first classical album “Laudate Dominum”.
Joanne tells us: “From a young age, I loved singing in my school choir and we were lucky enough to sing on the BBC and at St. Albans Cathedral. After leaving school, I performed in a couple of musical theatre shows and started some vocal training with a classical singing teacher who encouraged me to try opera as it would help with all aspects of singing. I began by learning some arias from Bizet’s Carmen and I immediately fell in love with the music.
Within a year I had auditioned and successfully gained a place training with English National Opera, resulting with performances in some modern operas, one in particular at the Hackney Empire. I was then fortunate enough to win “The Voice of North London” and was asked to appear at Trent Park Open Air Prom which led on to singing at many concerts, events and oratorios in Britain and abroad. I love the diversity of my work, singing in various operas, recording sessions, opera busking in Covent Garden and most recently as a regular guest on BBC Three Counties Radio. Most rewarding is my music therapy work, providing concerts for those living with Alzheimers and Dementia, using the music to ignite memories, bringing so much happiness to patients, families and carers.
One of the highlights of my singing journey has been joining All Souls Orchestra and working with Noel Tredinnick and his team. What a privilege to sing with an amazing group of musicians who work together to perform moving and uplifting programmes. One of the first concerts with ASO involved travelling to Vienna and Noel was so encouraging, not just to me but the whole orchestra, instilling confidence and enabling the best from everyone to the glory of God. It’s been a real blessing to join with ASO and sing beautiful music that has true meaning, to also experience the friendships within the team and ultimately to share God’s message through music as it connects with audiences.
Most recently, I was honoured to join ASO and lead a newly commissioned hymn in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen celebrating the 150th anniversary of Scripture Union. What a joyous occasion it was and a moment I will treasure, thank you All Souls!
I have been very blessed with opportunities to sing and record music, most recently my new album The London Soprano recorded with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. There were many challenges along the way but also some hugely fulfilling moments as I learnt to trust God and sing to his glory.”
Joanne recorded a new album “The London Soprano” with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Bateman. This is due for release on March 16th 2018.
Joanne sang ‘God of Unchanging Grace’ with the All Souls Orchestra written by Noel Tredinnick, Michael Baughen and Timothy Dudley-Smith. Download the music here or search for other worship songs/hymns on our website.
We look forward to welcoming Joanne to sing at Hailsham Parish Church on 24 March 2018.
To keep up to date with Joanne – follow her on Twitter @london_soprano