Jo began playing the French horn in her native Yorkshire at the tender age of eight. A member of Leeds Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Wind Orchestra for many years, she went on to read music at Edinburgh University. Whilst there Jo was awarded a Fellowship to study at Tanglewood Music Center, USA, and performed with many Scottish ensembles, and afterwards continued her post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London.
After all this horn playing, Jo realised that the freelance musician life wasn’t for her and entered the world of arts administration, whilst keeping up playing on the side. She has been working in the arts for nearly 20 years, initially working in classical music with the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL Arts), Philharmonia Orchestra and London Mozart Players. For six years she was involved in contemporary dance, most recently as Executive Director of Candoco Dance Company, the UK's leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, and prior to that with Protein Dance, building its reputation for creating extraordinary dance from ordinary life. However, she is delighted to be working in classical music again with Music in the Round, sharing its renowned warm welcome and high quality music far and wide.
The horn still features in Jo’s life, most recently touring China with the Czech Symphony Orchestra as well as performing with many ensembles in London and the south east, and she hopes to become a part of Sheffield’s vibrant music scene as a player as well as through Music in the Round.