Who is Joanne?

I work as a presenter and a singer.

You may have come across me via one of my three main roles:

Lucienne de Ville (chanteuse)

Pollie Toothill (Victorian tour guide)

J&J Projects for Schools (science presenter)

I live in Yorkshire and travel widely including overseas for my work, when I can!

I really love what I do and if you want to find out how I got to this point, just scroll down a bit ...


Upcoming Public Events

 New Films coming to a screen near you soon...!

This year has been a difficult and different year to say the least.  Like other performers, musicians and  artists most if not all  my work is on long pause...  I started making films for Youtube during lockdown and was delighted to be asked to make a Virtual Tour for Saltaire Festival in September. I'm now finalising a film for Bradford Make:Film with Molineaux Productions, due out around March 2021.

You can watch our Saltaire Festival film at the link above.  Join my Victorian alter ego Pollie Toothill on the time machine and travel back to Victorian Saltaire,  escape 2021 for a while... 

... Lucienne de Ville's shows were postponed during 2020.  We're  very much looking forward to playing again at all our lovely venues including the wonderfully cozy Haworth eaterie

Cobbles & Clay, Main St. Haworth

Do please watch this space for dates later in 2021.

During lockdown you can enjoy a little soirée chez vous with Lucienne de Ville tonight!

Go to my first music video on YouTube

 play the chansons while enjoying a candle-lit dinner ...

... there are some numbers to dance to too.

Take care 💖 À bientȏt, Lucienne xx

About me

My background is quite diverse. I've been a Bluecoat Entertainer at Pontin's, a teacher in a Language School in Eastern Europe and worked in a heavy engineering company in Germany which is why I can speak and sing in German!

My singing career began in my early twenties when I toured the Working Men's Clubs, holiday camps and sang at private parties.

I created Lucienne de Ville in 2014. My inspiration came from Lucienne Delyle, a French chanteuse born in Paris in 1900. Like me, she had something of a portfolio career: she was a pharmacist by day.

As Lucienne, I sing in French, German, Italian and English, bringing together my love of languages, singing and entertaining.

Pollie Toothill is another of the characters I play. I am delighted to be one of the professional guides with Saltaire Walks and Talks, founded by the inimitable and inspiring Maria Glot.

When I joined the Walks and Talks team, a friend and historian, Alan Cattell, researched Pollie Toothill from the census records in the 1870s. As Pollie, I guide visitors around Saltaire and share the village and the mill's history and Pollie's own personal story. Find out more on the Pollie Toothill page.

I love being Pollie and can relate to her story now. The history of Saltaire is really fascinating and I love dressing up in a cloak and long dresses of the 19th century.

In 1990 I started work at the University of Bradford. I had a number of roles and eventually became involved in promoting science and engineering at schools in the UK and overseas. Excitingly, this work took me to Botswana, the UAE, the Baltic States and across Europe.

J&J Projects was created in 2015 to continue promoting science and engineering. The scientist behind it is Jack Bradley who is a chartered Mechanical Engineer and we are proud to present real science and real engineering with real engagement and appeal.

J&J is proudly presenting at the Leeds International Festival 2020!

J&J Projects in York, February 2020

building hovercrafts

I really enjoy having a 'portfolio' career which uses the skills and experience gained

from a childhood of acting at Bradford Playhouse through to representing

Science and Engineering internationally.

I am delighted

to bring together subjects I'm passionate about to

entertain, educate,

create fun and