Joe is a lyric baritone and recent graduate from the masters programme in Vocal Studies and Opera programme at the Royal Northern College of Music, a leading international conservatoire, where he also obtained a first class honours degree at undergraduate level.
Joe was generously supported in his studies by contributions from the South Square Trust, The Dobie Award and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust for which he is extremely grateful.
Joe began his musical training age 14 under Tim Harding, a 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.
Joe’s operatic experience includes several chorus roles both at the RNCM and with Dorset Opera Festival, as well as four main roles in RNCM Opera Scenes. Joe performed the role of ‘The Witch of Endor’ in Handel’s Saul as a guest soloist of The Academy Choir, Wimbledon and was also selected to represent the RNCM as part of a group travelling to Bergen, Norway to perform in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s Magnificat.
In December last year, Joe performed alongside Sir Stephen Hough in a concert of his own music. He has also performed two recitals of Schubert’s masterpiece Winterreise as well as many other recitals as part of the RNCM Songsters, including two pre-concert performances at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Joe also sang the bass solo in a Mozart Requiem with Hartford Choral Society. In May, Joe sang the baritone solo in Guernsey Choral and Orchestral society’s Carmina Burana.
Joe is about to embark on a European arena tour with FKP Show Creations’ production of Verdi’s Aida singing the role of ‘Il Messaggero’ and also as part of the chorus.
Away from singing, Joe enjoys playing the piano and is teaching himself the cello, albeit very slowly. Joe is also a photographer and enjoys taking landscape and macro shots as well as his other business in headshot and portraiture. He also supports Wolverhampton Wanderers.