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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Composer, Singer, Cellist


Learning to understand the fundamental building blocks of a wide variety of musical styles on the composition course opened a Pandora’s Box of possibilities for me. My time at Trinity Laban gave birth to my dream of wanting to be a creative musician. The opportunity to put together and perform with my first ensemble in the Peacock Room is a moment I will never forget.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Ayanna Witter-Johnson


Ayanna Witter-Johnson graduated with a First Class Degree in Classical Composition and the Trinity Laban Silver Award in 2008, she then went on to complete a Masters of Music in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music. Whilst she was there she became the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. She has released two EPs and was nominated for her first MOBO Award in 2012. She has had work commissioned by Bath Festival and the London Symphony Orchestra for the LSO Brass Ensemble, she has collaborated with other artists, orchestrated and produced original scores for work in New York and the UK. Ayanna also toured with Anoushka Shankar as a featured vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.

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Photo credit: Bumi Thomas