Just a little bit about me
Joe is an accomplished conductor, composer, singer and musical scholar based in central London, who has performed alongside ensembles such as I Fagiolini, the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir, and the Cambridge Fundraising Choir. He is currently the Director of Music of the Capella Singers of Upminster, Conductor of Penshurst Choral Society, Director of Music at St Thomas of Canterbury church, Brentwood, and Founder and Musical Director of the professional choir, the Lerion Consort.
Music was first introduced to Joe as a boy singing at St James the Greater Church near his family home in Leicester. Here he proceeded to sing tenor as a choral and then conducting scholar in his ten years of service before he moved to the University of York as an undergraduate to study music. In York he founded Animas, a student chamber choir, in his first year which he directed. It remains a thriving and active choir to this day. Joe was also an assistant conductor of The 24, under Robert Hollingworth's direction, as well as a conductor of the Chimera Ensemble, the UK's largest student-led contemporary music ensemble. He was Musical Director the Drama Society's most profitable show in its history, Give My Love to Molly, and received positive reviews for all his work.
Joe undertook several other musical disciplines in his bachelor's degree, including editing, arranging and composing many works of music including a full orchestral requiem, as well as studying Thai and Indonesian classical traditions. He was also awarded in his academic efforts, securing the graduating essay prize for The Wagner Complex, his fresh insights into the relationship of Wagner and Debussy's music, and graduated in 2018 with first class honours.
Continuing into postgraduate education, Joe studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Patrick Russill. He graduated in 2021 and was awarded a master's degree with distinction, additionally receiving the Sir Thomas Armstrong Choral Leadership Prize and Irene Burcher Prize from the Academy.
In London Joe has worked professionally as a conductor with many choirs including Ingatestone, Brentwood and Woking choral societies, Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir, Choir of the London Oratory, Cambridge Fundraising Choir, Herts County Youth Choir, The Harborough Singers, Hanover Choir, Imperial College Chamber Choir, The Birkbeck University Choir, North Herts Guild of Singers, and St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus, as well conducting the BBC Singers in masterclass and concert. He was previously conductor of the Children's International Voices of Enfield and Interim Director of Music at St Laurence church, Catford.