Remembering Joanna through the Foundation

The Joanna Leach Foundation was set up to honour the memory of a most remarkable musician and to continue her legacy. The Foundation ran until 2020 when it was closed.

Its work was most visible through a series of concerts but also quietly, in the background, promoting a love of music at the grassroots. This continues through the work of the ISCA Ensemble.

There’s an archive available to remember Jo’s life and contribution to the music scene, both locally and in her recordings. On those pages we have tried to convey some of the warmth and appreciation of her many friends, relations and colleagues. We have also included links to many of Joanna’s recordings and those artistes who were involved in her life of music.

There are written tributes as well as music and the story of Joanna’s struggle to find and finally express her musical aspirations through her involvement with the English square piano and her record label – Athene Records – now available through Divine Arts Recordings.

The aims of the Foundation were: 

foster: Joanna Leach’s charitable aspirations and through the sponsorship of artists and concerts, promote an awareness of her contribution to music and her passion for quality in all aspects of life.
support: through musical activities, the aims and work of charitable organisations engaged in the care of those with life threatening or terminal illnesses.
promote: an awareness and understanding of how the performance of music can be a life-enhancing experience, facilitating social cohesion and inclusiveness within communities.
encourage: and fund professional musicians to work with amateur musicians, to engender quality and high standards in performance with the aim of enhancing a spirit of joy in achievement through participation with others in group musical activities.

Foundation Activities were:

The Foundation supported musical activities in East Devon and the surrounding area, in particular through collaboration with the ISCA Ensemble.

We sponsored soloists and are proud to have supported concerts and musical events in aid of Hospiscare.