Welsh soprano Jo Westaway has the pleasure of studying with international mezzo-soprano Diana Moore. She has gained her ATCL diploma and a distinction for her LTCL diploma in performance and is excited to be attending the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) as a postgraduate vocal student in September 2020.
Jo loves nothing more than to perform and entertain with her voice. She started singing with Louise Ryan in Cardiff, where she entered various Eisteddfods, culminating in her winning the South Glamorgan Young Singer award at the age of 18 and being invited to sing for the Cardiff Rotary Club at the Cardiff International Arena. Soon after Jo was compelled to move to London where she embarked upon private lessons with professional singers Claire-Louise Lucas and Julia Melinek. She recorded a demo CD which found its way into the hands of a Classic FM producer. Her performance of Puccini’s ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ debuted on their Sky TV channel and as a result of this, she sang in major advertising campaigns including Fiat Punto, the Discovery Channel and Sky Sports.
Moving to Norfolk has brought Jo the most exciting singing opportunities of her career to date. As well as being the soprano soloist in chamber ensemble T#e Accidentals, Jo has made her solo oratorio debut in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals (A Child of Our Time) at the Great Yarmouth Minster and has gone on to sing JS Bach’s Wachet Auf & Magnificat, Vivaldi Gloria, Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams The First Nowell and the challenging solo part in a performance of Patrick Hawes’ Song of Songs accompanied by Norwich Baroque.
Jo regularly enjoys recitals in the UK and France and has participated in public masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Roderick Williams, Joseph Middleton, Mary King, Hilary Summers, Angela Bostock and Penny MacKay.
“Jo Westaway, soprano, was in excellent voice, her crystal clear diction and lovely presence enhancing the production”
Caroline Buddery, The Advertiser, October 2017
“The Seraphs, particularly Jo Westaway in Song of Songs, were superb”
Norwich Baroque, Bar Lines, October 2017
“The mood changed to deep sensuality and ecstatic rapture in the Song of Songs, with Jo Westaway taking the challenging soprano part”
Christopher Smith, Eastern Daily Press, 4 July 2017
“The soloists were amazing…the soaring soprano of Jo Westaway rang around the Minster”
Tony Mallion, Great Yarmouth Mercury, 19 June 2015
“The outstanding voice of the Welsh singer Jo Westaway stood out, for the technical prowess, and the ability of her singing to convey emotion”
Giovanni Greto, AgoraVox Italia, Venice, May 2015.