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Dr Joanna Lewis

Originally from Corby in Northamptonshire, Joanna came to Leeds in 1989 to study Maths and Chemistry at the University of Leeds. After gaining her BSc in 1992, she embarked on a PhD in Chemistry, which she completed in 1997.

Joanna initially studied flute with David Moseley, who is the sub-principal flute of the Orchestra of Opera North and under his tutelage obtained the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) and the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), both in flute performance. More recently Joanna has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance at The University of  Leeds  under the tutelage of Jennifer George.

As well as organising Wind Ensemble Retreats, Joanna also enjoys a busy career as a freelance pit musician playing flute, piccolo, alto flute, clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone (and very occasionally even some recorder!). She also plays flute, alto flute and piccolo with the Meltemi Ensemble, alongside her husband, David Baker (Bassoon Tutor).

Joanna has her own private teaching practice where she teaches flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, music theory and maths up to A Level. She is also a busy artist, specialising in acrylic and mixed media painting on canvas and watercolour paper and loves working on commissions for people. Please visit her website to view her work and for more information at

In her free time Joanna loves attending Zumba classes, walking, gardening, reading and snorkeling!

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