East London Chorus

The chorus for East London and Docklands


Music Director – Jessica Norton

Alongside her work with the East London Chorus, Jessica Norton is Musical Director of the London Orpheus Choir, the London Concord Singers and the Henley Youth Choirs, a freelance rehearsal conductor and recently finished working as Associate Musical Director of Pegasus Choir. Previously she has also worked with the London Symphony Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale, the News International Choir 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. As a vocal coach, she has taken sessions with Allegro Chamber Choir at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, Hallfield 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 has sung soprano solo with the London Symphony Chorus and Ealing Common Choir. She also sang on the set of ITV’s The Halcyon and was the featured soprano soloist at Wanstead’s “Glamour on the Green”.


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.