Singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist. Ayanna was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Composers Scheme and became an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. She has worked with London Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchester (Cologne), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Urban Classic).
Since releasing her EP’s (‘Truthfully’, ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Ella, Reuben and Ay’) and her debut album ‘Road Runner’, Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and Europe, whilst gaining a MOBO award nomination and receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra. She has collaborated with Akala, Riz MC, Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar and recently appeared on Channel 4 (Sing It Loud) and Later…with Jools Holland (BBC1).