Johanna Harrison

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Regent's Park College, Oxford

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Johanna Harrison, having concluded five years of specialist vocal study at Wells Cathedral School (one of the four specialist music schools in the country) under Nigel Perrin, the original high voice of the King's Singers, now studies with international soprano Isobel Buchanan alongside her degree at Oxford University.

In 2006, she was selected as one of the four girl finalists in BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, which was broadcast nationally. Following this, she enjoyed touring the European Parliament with the Somerset County Youth Choir, broadcast in the UK; working extensively as a soloist for the City of Bath Bach Choir, the Bath Camerata and A Handful of Singers, with performances of the soprano solos in Handel’s "Messiah", his "Israel in Egypt" and Haydn’s "Nelson Mass"; working with orchestras such as Music For Awhile, led by Margaret Faultless; sharing a stage with Julian Lloyd-Webber, Nigel Perrin, Chris Finch, Joanna MacGregor, Jeanne Loriod, Dhafar Youssef, Diego Masson, John Rutter, Philip Dukes, Matthew Souter, Greg Beardsell, David Shipley, Jamie Akers, Ronald Corp, Domonic Peckham and Matthew Owens, amongst others, and taking the solo role in the requiems of Goodall, Mozart and Fauré. Last year, she travelled to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to teach vocal studies at the Ballanta Academy of Music, the only institution of its kind in the country. Choral memberships have included those of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Somerset County Youth Choir and the acclaimed Wells Cathedral School Chapel and Chamber Choirs, appearing with the latter on the recording label Hyperion and also on the BBC, as well as working with the Wellensian Consort (BBC Choir of the Year 2010) on a recording for commercial release.

Over the summer, she was a soprano soloist live on BBC Radio 3 for the opening night of the Bath International Music Festival. Since arriving at Oxford, she has worked for New Chamber Opera directed by Prof. Michael Burden, taking part in the Studio Recital Series, and also performing the part of Juno in their production of Offenbach's operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld". Most recently she has performed the part of Marcellina in "The Marriage of Figaro", and future projects include a pending engagement to record a backing track for a pop record.

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