Being born in Cardiff gave Jo a great head start as a singer. After studying with Louise Ryan, she won the South Glamorgan Young Singer award at the age of 18 and was invited to sing for the Cardiff Rotary Club at the Cardiff International Arena. Following her studies with Clare-Louise Lucas and Julia Melinek at the London College of Music, Jo 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.
Since moving to Norfolk, Jo has studied with Vetta Wise and international mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, gaining her ATCL diploma and a distinction for her LTCL diploma in performance. She is the soprano soloist in the Norfolk-based chamber ensemble T#e Accidentals.
Jo 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 and Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the challenging solo part in a performance of Patrick Hawes’ Song of Songs accompanied by Norwich Baroque. Jo is also enjoying regular recitals in the UK and France and has participated in public masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Roderick Williams, Mary King, Hilary Summers, Diana Moore, 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.