Jo is an experienced singer, pianist and vocal coach and has been performing and teaching for the past 22 years. She regularly performs at private functions, events for the military. weddings, corporate events, restaurants and pubs and clubs either as a solo artist, as a duo or with a four or five piece function/rock band . Jo has performed all over the country and has been privileged to work with some fantastic people, including: Liberty X, Kiki Dee, Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, Bryn Terfel, Lesley Garrett, Hayley Westenra, Roberto Alagna and Jonathan Ansell to name a few. Jo is a highly experienced teacher and vocal coach having worked in many stage schools in the south east for the last 20 years, and has been teaching privately exclusively since 2009. 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 Syd Cordell, 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 from Trinity College of Music, London. 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. Although classically trained, Jo decided to pursue her career in her preferred genre of contemporary, rock and pop.
Beginning Private Lessons
in 2002 Jo started teaching privately, whilst 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 11th year.