Jo Cordell

Singer, Vocal Coach and Pianist

Jo Cordell

Photo courtesy of

Jo Cordell

Jo Cordell is a singer, pianist and vocal coach who has been giving singing and piano lessons full time for 18 years and has been giving private lessons from her home in Crowborough, East Sussex exclusively since 2009.

Jo loves to perform and she sings and plays on stage and at weddings and events, as well as regularly working with function bands. As a member of the Musicians Union, she carries full public liability insurance. Jo is also first-aid trained and is happy working with children and adults alike.

Roots in a Musical Family

Jo comes from a family of musical talent. Her late Grandfather was a trumpeter and composer of chart hits, playing in brass bands, orchestras and ensembles, as well as working with Louis Armstrong and John Lennon. He also penned the winning British Eurovision entry ‘Sing Little Birdie’ in 1959.

Her late Great Uncle, Frank Cordell composed for motion pictures, notably his popular scores for ‘Ring of Bright Water’, ‘Khartoum’ and Academy Award nominated ‘Cromwell’ and was musical director of HMV Records, known subsequently as EMI, so it is no surprise that she has chosen to follow a musical career herself.

Her parents were both gigging musicians performing regularly at hotels, clubs, military events and were also the resident band at the Hilton hotel in Cobham, Surrey for many years.

Training and Early Teaching

Jo started singing and piano lessons aged five and then went on to train at Trinity College of Music, London from the age of 14. She also trained with English National Opera for a year at 18. Obtaining Grade 8 Piano and Grade 8 Singing as well as The Performer’s Certificate, Jo’s next step was teaching for several specialist performing arts schools in Surrey and Sussex as well as teaching piano and singing in several Surrey schools.

Beginning Private Lessons

2002 saw her move to West Sussex where she started offering private lessons from her home as well as continuing to teach at schools and performing arts schools, and taking part in Arts Council projects, workshops and summer school theatre productions. By 2005, Jo had enough students to warrant the production of a students’ concert that has grown and developed and is now in its 10th year.

Moving to East Sussex

In late 2007, Jo moved to Crowborough, East Sussex, near Tunbridge Wells and her client base grew over the next year to the point where she made the decision to concentrate on teaching full time under the name JC Vocals. Jo took on Assistant Teacher Paige Hackworth to teach Saturday singing lessons in 2013. With a purpose built studio completed in early 2014, Jo now teaches over 40 students a week as well as performing live at weddings and events across the south east both as a soloist and with her band ‘The Flip Side’.