Choir & Musical Director
Jo began her musical studies as a pianist before finding her voice as a mezzo soprano and subsequently trained as an opera singer at the Royal Northern College of Music. After gaining her music degree, she left RNCM as a prize-winner to join Glyndebourne Festival Opera for a number of seasons. She then went on to sing principal roles with Welsh National Opera and other opera companies. Solo performances have included venues such as the South Bank Centre, St John's Smith Square, Sadlers Wells, St Martin in the Fields, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Canadian Embassy in London and the London Embassy in Paris.
She is currently a vocal tutor at Wycombe Abbey School and a busy choir director. A number of years ago she became interested in how singing can benefit people with long term health conditions and subsequently began to lead 'Singing for the Brain' sessions with the Alzheimer's Society. For the past few years, she has been leading sessions for Parkinson's UK and was a key-note speaker on singing with Parkinson's at the National Association of Singing Teachers annual conference.
For nearly two decades she has been an international examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
More importantly though, she's married to Bob and they have two fantastic children and a ginger cat who all keep her on her toes.
(Even more importantly she likes eating chocolate and drinking wine with the girls!!)