Biography

Born in Neath, Joseph is studying as a Collaborative Pianist and Scholarship student on the Piano Accompaniment Course at the Royal Academy of Music with pianists Michael Dussek and Joseph Middleton. He previously studied with tenor, Adrian Thompson and pianist Michael Pollock and graduated with a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where he was also a scholarship student.  

 

Described as ‘a rare breed of accompanist, exquisitely sympathetic to the needs of a soloist,' Joseph has received numerous awards for both his accompanying and singing including; The Royal Academy of Music’s Major van Someren-Godfrey Prize for Piano Accompaniment, the Jacob Barnes Prize for Collaborative Piano, the Layton Watkins Memorial Award, the Richard Harris Memorial Award, the St Elli Masonic Lodge Bursary Award, the Llanelli Grammar School Old Boys and Graig Former Pupils Association Bursary Award and the Margaret George Memorial Scholarship. He was also a finalist in the Eleri Evans Memorial Accompanists Award and is the only musician in the competition’s history to compete as a finalist in the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Awards as both a singer and accompanist: achieving second place in the Dennis Horner Accompaniment Prize and winning the Norma Proctor Song prize with his duo partner.

 

In November 2020, Joseph founded the charity Music in Hospices: which aims to bring the joy of live music to Hospice and Palliative Care settings. In our first month, we released a virtual performance delivered to every Hospice in Wales and England, delivered live virtual performances and raised almost £2,000 to further the work of the charity. With interest and support of high-profile executives from Marie Curie, Hospice UK and Nordoff Robbins we look forward to rolling out an initial pilot scheme in summer 2021. 

 

Joseph is the accompanist of Only Boys Aloud, Only Kids Aloud, Cor Caerdydd, Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir, ReChoir and a keys player with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra. Joseph made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2018, as guest accompanist of the Festival of Massed Male Choirs. Other notable performances include working as the official accompanist for Wales’ Festival of Remembrance and as the official accompanist for Sir Karl Jenkins’ 75th Birthday Concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. A former Organ Scholar at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, Cardiff, Joseph accompanied the choir for all the main Cathedral events, highlights of which included a performance for HRH the Prince of Wales and a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

 

A talented ensemble singer, Joseph was successful in obtaining a place as one of five tenors (out of two hundred applicants) in Harry Christophers' The Sixteen Young Artist Scheme "Genesis Sixteen" for 2019/2020 working with Harry Christophers, Eamon Dougan, Mary King and members of the Sixteen in the full choir, smaller consorts and during 1-1 vocal sessions. He has performed in concert with the choir at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Magdalen College, Oxford, Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace and at the National Opera Studio. Alongside his studies he has held positions at Llandaff Cathedral, St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cardiff Oratory and was also a Choral Scholar with the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Joseph was a founding member of the Welsh choir, 'Only Boys Aloud' and sang with the choir on in Britain’s Got Talent and in performances for; the Queen and Royal Family in Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival, the Royal Opening of the Senedd for the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and for HRH Prince Andrew at the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival.

 

Joseph has been an active member of RWCMD and performed the lead role in 'The Amazing Adventures of Alvin Alegretto' in collaboration with Welsh National Opera's Outreach department, performed in the Chorus for the college's 70th anniversary opera gala (Carlo Rizzi) and worked as a répétiteur for college projects including, The Gondoliers (Alice Farnham), The Magic Flute (Gareth Jones), RWCMD's Opera gala 2018 (James Southall), BMus 4 Opera Scenes combined with accompanying weekly language, performance and drama classes and performing in masterclasses for; Adrian Thompson, James Gilchrist, John Fisher, Suzanne Murphy, Elizabeth Atherton, Lorna Anderson, Donald Maxwell, Simon Lepper and Malcolm Martineau.

 

Joseph is a passionate believer that music should be accessible for all and was overjoyed to be accepted onto the Live Music Now scheme during 2019, as well as being offered a teaching position as a peripatetic singing teacher in Neath College. He has performed at charity events for organisations including; Barclays, Clifford Chance, Bloodwise, Childline, Cancer Research, The International Women’s Forum, Cardiff Blues, Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, Bobath Cymru, European Society of Criminology, Royal Military Police and David Lloyd Clubs.

 

Joseph is grateful for the ongoing and generous support of Loud Applause Rising Stars of which he is a member, Mary and Hywel George and the Margaret George Memorial Award and Help Musicians UK.

Awards

The Cronfa'r Utgron Bursary Award

The Layton Watkins Memorial Award

 

The Richard Harries Memorial Award

St Elli Masonic Lodge Bursary Award

 

The Veal Award for Outstanding Musicianship

Finalist - Eleri Evans Memorial Award

Semi-Finalist - Junior Kathleen Ferrier Award