© 2017 by Joe Ashmore Baritone

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About

Joe is a graduate of the Vocal Studies and Opera programme at the Royal Northern College of Music, a leading international conservatoire, where he obtained a first class honours degree.

Principally a classical musician, Joe has sung in many different styles and genres from theatre to Mozart. He has a special interest in Romantic and classical art song from different countries, including English art song and German Lied. 

He is also an accomplished choral singer, having sung in many choirs from choral societies and chamber ensembles to performing as part of a gospel choir on stage at the LG Arena in Birmingham on two consecutive nights.

Joe began his musical training age 14 under Tim Harding, a musical theatre director and vocal coach based in Dudley. Now taught by Bass-Baritone Matthew Best, an internationally renowned singer who has worked at the highest level for over 30 years, Joe always looks to expand his repertoire by exploring new genres and styles of music.

Joe was awarded the Brenda Arnold Trophy for vocal solo and the Lyn Andrews Challenge Award for outstanding talent in a vocalist aged 18 and under in the 55th annual Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance. He was also the winner of the Brian Pearsall Prize for Singing at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge. Most recently, Joe was 'Highly Recommended' in the prestigious James Martin Oncken Song Prize at RNCM.

Roles have included Ralph in Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore’, Raoul in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, and Emile in ‘South Pacific’. He has now also taken three chorus roles in RNCM operas, Offenbach's 'La Vie Parisienne', Handel's 'Theodora' and, most recently, Massenet's 'Cendrillon' which was nominated for best opera in the Manchester Theatre Awards. He was also recently cast as Mistrust in RNCM's Spring Term Opera 'The Pilgrim's Progress' by Vaughan-Williams.

​Away from singing, Joe enjoys playing the piano and is teaching himself the cello, albeit very slowly. He also supports Wolverhampton Wanderers.​