Joanna Wiesner has had a lifetime in music and the theatre. Trained for opera, she sang many roles, spent some years acting in theatre and then pursued a career in administration, running exhibitions, study tours and events in the UK and USA. In later years, she took to choral singing and to managing classical concerts and was for eight years the administrator and concert manager for the professional orchestra Bath Philharmonia. She has managed well over 150 classical concerts in Bath and the southwest, including the first classical concert in the Eden Project, working with such soloists as Sir Willard White, Sumi Jo, Joseph Calleja, Rosa Mannion, Rebecca Evans, Lynne Dawson, Amanda Roocroft, Gavin Carr, James Oxley, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Michael Collins, Tasmin Little, Peter Donohoe, Joanna MacGregor, Natalie Klein, Nicola Benedetti, Tim Hugh, and with many orchestras including The English Chamber Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, The City of London Sinfonia, The National Youth Orchestra, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and of course Bath Philharmonia, where her first major project as administrator was the massive Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in Bath’s Green Park Station, with a chorus of 650, including the London Philharmonic Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, and an orchestra of 150.
Secretary and events manager of Bath Minerva Choir since its formation in 1994, she also manages the acclaimed South West Festival Chorus. This very successful chorus promotes Summer and Winter Schools for singers drawn from a wide area, performing challenging choral works in Bath Abbey and Wells Cathedral, as well as touring overseas, most recently to Germany, Paris and China. Joanna also finds time to perform occasionally in films and TV.
In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Joanna was awarded an MBE for services to music and the arts in Bath.