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Joseph Judge

Conductor - Countertenor - Teacher

 
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Biography

Joseph is a highly versatile Conductor and Singer based in the UK. Recently appointed Chorus Master of the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, he is also Director of the Hallé Choral Academy, Artistic Director of the Exon Singers Festival, and of the Leeds Guild of Singers. A graduate of the University of Manchester, he will be studying for a Master of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2018, which will include working with the BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras.

Joseph is in demand as a Countertenor, frequently engaged as an oratorio soloist and regularly sings on live broadcasts with the BBC Daily Service Singers, as a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral, and with a variety of other ensembles. He was one of the eight inaugural Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB), performing as part of an elite vocal octet throughout the UK and in Malta, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He studies with Nick Powell, and has participated in masterclasses given by James Gilchrist, Harry Christophers, Neil Ferris, and Lucy Schaufer.

Joseph has also worked with Hallé Youth and Training Choirs, St George's Singers, as music staff on NYCGB Courses and adjudicator for Jersey Music Service’s PwC Young Musician of the Year, directed the vocal recording session for the PlayStation 4 advert, The King, and conducted in the Bridgewater Hall as part of the Thank Hallé It’s Friday series. He is the founder and director of Turton Consort, who often broadcast live on BBC Radio and whose performances have included a highly acclaimed recital of Monteverdi Madrigals at St Ann’s Church, Manchester, and at the Whitworth Art Gallery for the opening of the Marcantonio Raimondi exhibition. Upcoming projects include collaboration with The Vine Quartet for a mini concert series of works for voices and string quartet.

 
“If there is a heaven, that’s what it sounds like. The soprano voices in particular were mind blowing; pure perfection to me, breaking through the audience pre-concert mumbling like a ray of light through the stained glass windows. The final madrigals were sung from the front of the church bringing a finale so natural and perfect that felt like a boat gently pulling into shore.”
— Review of Turton Consort - Monteverdi Book IV. Brigid Callaghan
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Absolutely great: very clear, effective and authoritative, as well as wryly good-humoured.
— Leeds Philharmonic Chorus Member