East London Chorus

The chorus for East London and Docklands


Music Director – Jessica Norton


Jessica Norton is a Choral Practitioner, Soprano and Teacher based in Central London. Alongside her work with the East London Chorus she is also Musical Director of the London Concord Singers and Henley Youth Choir, having recently finished working with the London Orpheus Choir. She has previously worked with various choirs around the country including Pegasus Choir, London Symphony Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale, St Michael’s Church in Bray and multiple workplace choirs. She has also had repeat invitations to conduct at the LSO and CBSO Come and Sing Days and was one of the conductors for David Lang’s UK Premiere of “Public Domain” in the Barbican Centre. Jessica will also be conducting a recording of David Solomons’ Canticles for Male Voice Choir.

As a Vocal Coach and Choral Practitioner Jessica has led workshops with schools around Henley-on-Thames and Cambridge, choirs and at corporate events, most recently Haygarth Marketing Agency. She also runs Come and Sing days with the East London Chorus, London Concord Singers and Henley Youth Choir annually.

With a Diploma in Singing Performance from ABRSM, Jessica has sung solo with choirs such as Ealing Common Choir and Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society and is the featured soprano soloist for Wanstead’s opera gala “Glamour on the Green”. She has also sung in multiple BBC Proms concerts, including in the semi-chorus of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” under Sir Simon Rattle, and in ITV’s “The Halcyon”. Next year Jessica will be the soprano soloist for the Harrow Symphony Orchestra’s 80th anniversary concert.


Accompanist – George Ireland

George Ireland is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham where he read music and specialised in solo performance. He has studied under Trevor Cordwell in Colchester, Alexander Boyd in Birmingham, and Joseph Middleton in London, and will in September begin studying a masters in piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

He began to play the piano from scratch, self taught, at the age of fourteen, achieving grade five with distinction in two years and grade eight with distinction two years later. Soon after he was giving concerts throughout East Anglia, including in Braintree, Clacton, Colchester, Felixstowe and Long Melford. Notably before going to University he performed Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor and Mozart’s rare Sonata for Two Pianos with Trevor Cordwell. In 2013 he won his local Rotary Club’s Young Musician Competition and as a result gave his Concerto debut with the Clacton Concert Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.595. He performed Mozart’s Concerto K.503 with the St Botolph’s Music Society Orchestra in 2014 to great acclaim, returning in 2018 with K.466 In 2016 he won the University of Birmingham Concerto Competition, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra.

George became first choice of accompanist amongst staff and students in Birmingham, acting as repetiteur for the Summer Festival Opera during all three years of his degree as well as accompanying many student recitals, platforms and masterclasses. He accompanied all of the University’s choirs, including the University Chorus under Julian Wilkins, a position held for two years. He has also enjoyed a fruitful relationship with professional and community groups in Birmingham, including the CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus, and Birmingham Opera Company. For two years he was, by invitation, the orchestral pianist in the CBSO Youth Orchestra as well as the University Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras under conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Daniele Rosina, Michael Seal and Jac van Steen, and gave performances in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Town Hall. He has been the accompanist of the East London Chorus since September 2017 and has on occasion accompanied the award-winning chamber choirs Pegasus and Vox Cordis.


Associate Music Director – Joanna Tomlinson

JoBywaterIn addition to her role as Associate Music Director of East London Chorus, Joanna Tomlinson is the Music Director of London-based Constanza Chorus and of the internationally renowned Farnham Youth Choirs. She has also worked with some of the UK’s top choirs including London Symphony Chorus, Joyful Company of Singers, Royal College of Music Chorus, Manchester Chamber Choir, Excelsis Chamber Choir, The Whitehall Choir, Trinity Laban Junior College Choirs, and Wimbledon Choral Society.

She has studied conducting with Neil Ferris and Peter Hanke, and at the Sherborne Summer School under George Hurst. She has participated in masterclasses with Paul Brough, Patrick Russill, Peter Broadbent, Michael Reif and John Dickson.

Joanna studied singing at the Royal College of Music, where she gained the post-graduate diploma in singing with Distinction. She has appeared as soprano soloist in all the core oratorio repertoire. As a choral singer, Joanna works with BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Gabrieli Consort and Le Concert D’Astree. Joanna has taught singing for over ten years and has worked as a choral vocal coach.