On Friday 13 March, the 18th century church of All Hallows-on-the-Wall, near Liverpool Street in London, will be transformed into a free music event, hosting Joanne Clara, a supremely talented Chinese composer and instrumentalist.
Originally from Hong Kong, Joanne is a London-based composer who graduated from Royal College of Music (RCM), studying Composition under the likes of Kenneth Hesketh. She has performed as a solo artist and chamber musician at various prestigious venues around London, including the RCM, Royal Academy of Arts, The National Gallery, St. Martin's in the Fields, and the National Portrait Gallery.
Joanne will lead us on a musical journey, starting with a few of her lovingly crafted songs, seguing spontaneously through various soundscapes.
Joanne is highly involved in other creative pursuits, and is indeed part of a small community of creatives from all parts of the creative spectrum, seeking to nurture each other's gifts and passions. Through their unity and freedom of expression, they also hope to inspire others to pursue their creativity unconditionally. She is passionate about seeing people come alive through creativity. A foretaste of her style can be found on Soundcloud.
Joanne works simultaneously in film, pop contemporary, and classical music, aided by former classical training in piano and cello, as well as her previous mentorship by film composer Hummie Mann, a two-time Emmy award winner. She scored the short film "Before Friday", which was selected for special recommendation at 19th Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia, screened in Hong Kong in 2014. She has also collaborated with the English National Ballet, British-brand Burberry, Kinfolk Magazine, Platform at Habitat, Hong Kong Space Museum, Phoenix TV, and Fresh Wave Short Film Festival.
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She is also a band member of Roo Panes, who have performed at notable music festivals and venues around the UK and in Europe, and has released an album on iTunes. She has worked with other artists, namely Bobby McFerrin, Michael Kiwanuka, and King Charles.
Joanne recently released her first instrumental EP, Lifted, and has continued to record instrumental tracks every day since January, as part of a new project called 'Lifted 365', in which all the recordings are improvised. Apart from being an instrumentalist and a classically-trained composer, Joanne is also a singer-songwriter, whose song-stories become a mini musical when performed in a flow.
This is a free event hosted by City Gates Church. It is quite an intimate venue, guests are advised to arrive early to be guaranteed a seat. The doors will open at 7:30pm. There will be opportunity to meet the artists, who will also have merchandise on sale. If you think your evening has been worthwhile, then you are free contribute to a collection that will go entirely to the artists themselves.