Described in The Guardian (2019) as one of today’s leading composers for voice, Joanna Marsh is a British composer who since 2007 has divided her time between Dubai and the UK.
Her life in the Middle East has lead to many unique musical opportunities including writing an orchestral work to celebrate the building of the Burj Khalifa. Most recently she was commissioned by Dubai Opera to write an orchestral work for the first BBC Proms in Dubai in March 2017. This lead to her writing the 6-minute work Flare for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which was based on a short story called Oil Field by Saudi writer, Mohammed Hasan Alwan.
This is the first album solely dedicated to Joanna's works, and sees the Choir of Royal Holloway alongside the London Mozart Players and Onyx Brass for two works. The Pearl of Freedom was commissioned by Royal Holloway to mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act of 1918, and tells the story of Emily Davison (alumna of Royal Holloway) and the Derby of 1913.
Signum Classics, June 2018
Temple Church, London
Catalogue number: SIGCD644