East London Chorus

The chorus for East London and Docklands

Music Director – Jessica Norton


Jessica Norton is Musical Director of the award-winning chamber choir London Concord Singers, a freelance rehearsal conductor and Co-founder of a new choral summer course; Affinitas. Most recently she has worked with the London Symphony Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale and St Michael’s Church, Bray, having previously had repeat invitations to conduct at CBSO and LSO chorus Come and Sing Days. She has led many other choirs including the St Ives Choral Society, the Hilton Youth Choir, and was the Musical Director of Barclays Capital Choir in Canary Wharf for three years. She was also appointed Musical Director for the Barber Summer Festival Opera in 2014. As a vocal coach, she has taken sessions with Allegro Chamber Choir at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, Oakhill Primary School, Birmingham and Richmond Women’s Chorus, Virginia.

Jessica is also a keen composer and her choral pieces have been premiered in such prestigious venues as Guildford Cathedral, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Alongside her compositions Jessica also edits music for singer/songwriter Archie Smith, and has received multiple commissions from Guildhall students in London. With a diploma in Singing Performance, she also sings with the London Symphony Chorus and most recently sang on the set of ITV’s The Halcyon.

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.