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Joanna Ward (b. 1998) is a composer, performer, researcher, and activist, from Newcastle upon Tyne. She is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she learns with Amber Priestly and is working towards her Masters in Composition. She previously studied Music at Cambridge University, graduating in 2019.
Joanna’s compositional practice ranges across genres, encompassing conventional forms/media as well as cross-media collaboration. She is interested in static, ambient, collaged and circular sonic aesthetics, and her work is embedded in her deep love of pop music. Her approach is inherently political and informed by continual learning from research and activism, with an overarching focus on how to create music whilst engaged with contemporary feminist, decolonial, queer and crip thinking. Her scores centre whimsy and subjectivity, combining conventional notation with intimate, hand-drawn elements.