Joanna Lam

Piano Recital

Wednesday   29 November 2023 – 1 pm to 1:45 pm


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata no 13  in E flat major, ‘Quasi Una Fantasia’ , Op 21 No 1

1 – Andante, Allegro, Andante

2 – Allegro molto vivace

3 – Adagio con espressione

4 – Allegro vivace, Presto

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Miroirs

1 – Noctuelles

2 – Oiseaux Tristes

3 – Une Barque sur l’Océan

4 – Alborada Del Gracioso

5 – La Vallée des Cloches

Bizet (1838-1875) –  Moskowski (1854-1925) Chanson Bohème de l’Opéra Carmen

Joanna Lam gave us a truly wonderful recital in the Cathedral.

From Beethoven to Bizet-Moszkowski, via a superb rendition of Miroirs by Ravel the audience were entranced both by Joanna’s technical command of the instrument as well as her sensitive and heartfelt rendition of the music.

Video – Thanks to Roderick Elms – PASSWORD to access video = jl … (press F for Full Screen)

On what was a bitterly cold day she truly warmed our hearts, and was rewarded with a standing ovation. Thank you Joanna!

Joanna has recently won the Hall Memorial Trophy, awarded as part of the Essex Young Musician of the Year, 2023. At the end of the recital the cup was presented to her by Roderick Elms from the Ongar Music Club


Joanna Lam commenced piano lessons at the age of 8, and proceeded to win prizes at several national music festivals. After leaving Chetham’s School of Music, she continued to study with Masayuki Tayama whilst reading Music at King’s College London, where she received First Class Honours and was further awarded the Purcell Prize for gaining the highest mark in the degree 2017. She has subsequently been awarded the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance by both Trinity College London and the ABRSM with Distinction.

Most recently, she has been awarded a Scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Joanna has appeared in Masterclasses with Noriko Ogawa, Vanessa Latarche, Norma Fisher and Frédéric Aguessy. She has performed at the Steinway Hall, Bridgewater Hall, EPTA’s annual conference, the Barbican, and Milton Court Concert Hall in London. Joanna was also awarded the Hall Memorial Prize for Essex Young Musician of the Year and has become a regular soloist at Hitchin Festival and the Iris Axon recital series in London. She has appeared as the soloist in performances of concertos by Fauré and Saint-Saëns with the Eagle Chamber Orchestra and Arlesey Symphony Orchestra respectively, working with conductors Daniel King-Smith and Levon Parikian.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Joanna often works with singers and plays regularly with a piano trio. She has collaborated with the renowned clarinettist and Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, Linda Merrick, with recorder virtuoso John Turner, and she has performed with The Chineke! Foundation at Ryedale Festival. Joanna was awarded the prestigious Jellinek Prize as a winner of the Una Clark Young Artists’ Competition, leading to a performance of Rachmaninov’s 1st Piano Concerto with Guildford Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently she has been a prizewinner at the Coulsdon & Purley Festival, North London Festival and Guildhall’s Romantic Prize. In 2022 she performed as part of Sarah Cahill’s marathon project The Future is Female at the Barbican, promoting music by unsung female composers. Joanna has recorded for Prima Facie Records and has directed the Music Academy at the Felsted International Summer School several times.

She was excited to premier a new work at Milton Court Concert Hall this summer and is looking forward to continuing her studies through the Artist Diploma programme at Guildhall.

Refreshments were available in the Song School afterwards 

Admission is free, but we welcome your contribution towards our expenses. If you are a UK tax payer please consider using Gift Aid to increase the value of your donation by a quarter.


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