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Award winning Soprano Joanne McGahon is an international performer of startling versatility, able to communicate with passion and understanding a vast range of music in any setting.  Joanne charms her audience wherever she goes, whether as an imposing and dramatic opera singer or during her delicate and thoughtful Oratorio singing.

Soprano Joanne McGahon trained with English National Opera in 2003 and was awarded “The Voice of North London” in 2006 resulting in a star performance at Trent Park’s Open Air Prom.  Joanne has performed live on BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship and as a recording artist she has featured on television and film soundtracks, most recently releasing her debut classical album “Laudate Dominum” featuring Jack Liebeck on violin. Joanne is the official opera singer for Absolute Radio singing for their London Olympic celebrations as well as the National Anthem for their Charity Football match at Charlton Athletic. Joanne’s versatility results in regular corporate opera recitals as well as requests for performances of Broadway musical classics, light opera and contemporary worship music.

Joanne regularly performs as oratorio soloist for various choirs and orchestra most recently singing Haydn’s Nelson Mass at St. Bartholomew’s Great Hall with St. Bart’s Academic Festival Chorus and Orchestra.  There have been many appearances with Adoramus Choir & Orchestra in venues across England, France and Italy and similarly tours of Normandy and Turkey with the Asaph Ensemble. Joanne frequently performs as soloist with St. Mary’s Chamber Choir (conductor Richard Morrison) in works such as Bach’s B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, and Fanshawe’s African Sanctus accompanied by members of the Fitzwilliam Quartet, LSO, LPO and Philharmonia.

As an experienced vocalist and recital artist, Joanne has performed at various concert halls and cathedrals across England including Watford Coliseum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, York Minster, Alban Arena, Woburn Abbey, The Brighton Dome, Hendon RAF Museum, Hackney Empire, St. James Piccadilly and St. Alban’s Cathedral. International performance highlights include: launching the Festival Internazionale del Teatro Romano, Italy; Odescalchi Castle - Lake Bracciano; Coutances and Bayeaux Cathedral; Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and tour of New York and Sweden.

Joanne recently completed National Opera Studio’s Opera Intensive Course – masterclasses with Kathryn Harries, Mark Shanahan, Michael Pollock, Della Jones, and Jeremy Silver. Joanne has had the privilege of working with Mary King, Leah Haussman and Rufus Norris and she is a regular student of Norman Welsby (Covent Garden).

Joanne can be found opera singing in the lower courtyard in Covent Garden and she regularly works for the charity ‘Lost Chord’ singing to Alzheimer and dementia sufferers.

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“Joanne McGahon, singing a varied selection from The Sound of Music, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls, was absolutely outstanding in a collection of songs, which ranged from the heart rendingly romantic to the comic and had the glamour and presence of any West End stage singer” (Watford Observer)

“At the concert Joanne’s voice rang out in the church with beauty and authority” (Kathryn Harries)

“The well drilled ViVA Orchestra then launched into a series of popular classics before the real star of the show, Joanne McGahon from Cockfosters, put a human face on proceedings, performing a beautiful rendition of Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro before returning later for the traditional sing along” (Enfield Gazette)

“Joanne has a great natural voice and a real gift for communication” (The National Opera Studio)