A Trinity College of Music graduate and former participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme, Emerging Artist in Residence (EAR) at London’s Southbank Centre and MOBO nominee, singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a performer of extraordinary versatility.
As a composer she has scored original music for various productions including ‘Candlelight’ and ‘Uncle Harry’ at The Actors’ Company Theatre in Manhattan, New York, ‘Maya’ a short opera production for the Manhattan School of Music and ‘Disoriented Generation’ a feature length independent film. As an arranger and orchestrator, she has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Urban Classic (2012) conducted by Jules Buckley and featuring Ms. Dynamite, Skepta, Fazer and Devlin and was also the assistant orchestrator on the original Urban Classic (2006) which brought together leading UK Grime artists and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Throughout 2013, Ayanna has been working to develop her solo-artist profile and repertoire after a number of years playing in large ensembles and perfecting her compositional and performance craft. Over the summer she has been writing and performing and has had her music played on BBC Radio 1 (Edith Bowman) and 1Xtra (DJ Target). Her EP Black Panther, (available now on iTunes) is a statement of intent for where Ayanna is heading. A true musical talent that fuses beautiful melodies, spoken word, cello and piano into her work.
She truly is a one to watch.