Joanne Roughton-Arnold



Joanne Roughton-Arnold - Soprano

photo by John Batten

Joanne Roughton-Arnold began her vocal studies with Esther Salaman while a postgraduate violinist at Trinity College of Music, before going on to pursue postgraduate vocal studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2004 she was awarded the Conservatoire’s inaugural Postgraduate Certificate prize and she completed the Master of Music in 2006.

Recent performances have included concert appearances at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Academy of Music, Sarah Whitehead in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics under Lionel Friend (Birmingham Conservatoire), Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte (Birmingham Conservatoire Opera Scenes), recitals in London, Birmingham and Bedford, soloist in Dallapiccola’s Commiato with the Thallein Ensemble under Edwin Roxburgh (Birmingham Conservatoire), Hippolyta in The Fairy Queen / A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Birmingham Conservatoire) and soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Bedford Messiah Choir). She has been a member of the chorus for full productions of Le Nozze di Figaro (Stowe Opera) and The Fairy Queen (Birmingham Conservatoire), and in scenes for Lucia di Lammermoor, Suor Angelica, Carmen, Die Zauberflöte and Orfeo ed Euridice (Birmingham Conservatoire Opera Scenes).

In 2005 she took part in the prestigious London Masterclasses, singing for Nelly Miricioiu, with whom she now studies. She has been selected to join Rosalind Plowright’s class at the 2007 London Masterclasses, to be held in July at the Royal Academy of Music. She has also taken part in masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Christoph Ritter, Alison Mary Sutton, Catherine Bott and Richard Jackson.

She is a versatile musician with wide ranging musical interests. Her repertoire includes contemporary music, opera, oratorio, early music and English, French, German and Russian song. Her extensive experience teaching music makes her ideal for education and outreach work and in 2005 she was a workshop leader at the Royal National Institute for the Blind annual Music Day.

She is being supported by the Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund and the Snowdon Award Scheme.

Forthcoming concerts: -


Sunday 9th March 2008
The Great Hall, Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford
Bach: Mass in B minor
Bedford School Choral Society
Tuesday 3rd June 2008
St Paul's Church, St Paul's Square, Bedford
Lunchtime Recital