‘A rare breed of accompanist, exquisitely sympathetic to the needs of a soloist,’ is how one critic described one of LARS’ longest-serving members. Neath-born Joseph is now at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying Vocal and Opera under the tuition of Tenor, Adrian Thompson and Collaborative Piano with Michael Pollock. From September, he’ll be studying for a Piano Accompaniment MA at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
He made his Royal Albert Hall debut in May 2018, as guest accompanist to the Festival of Massed Male Choirs, he was the official accompanist for Wales’ Festival of Remembrance and the official accompanist for Sir Karl Jenkins’ 75th Birthday Concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. He accompanied the choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, Cardiff highlights of which included a performance for HRH the Prince of Wales and a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He’s the only musician in the history of the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Awards to compete as both pianist and singer, winning the Norman Proctor Song prize.
He has won the Layton Watkins Memorial Award, the Richard Harris Memorial Award, the St Elli Masonic Lodge Bursary Award, the Cronfa’r Utgorn Award, the Llanelli Grammar School Bursary Award and the Margaret George Memorial Scholarship. He was a finalist in the National Eisteddfod’s Eleri Evans Memorial Accompanist Award.
Joseph is the accompanist of Only Boys Aloud, of which he was a founder member, he sang with them on Britain’s Got Talent, for the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Opening of the Senedd and the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival for the Queen and the Royal Family.
He’s also the accompanist for Only Kids Aloud, Côr Caerdydd, Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir, ReChoir and a keys player with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra. Joseph was also made a member of the Live Music Now scheme during 2019. He’s also a talented repetiteur, working on RWCMD productions including; The Gondoliers (Alice Farnham), The Magic Flute (Gareth Jones), RWCMD’s Opera gala 2018 (James Southall), BMus 4 Opera Scenes (Alma Sheehan) and performing in masterclasses for; Adrian Thompson, James Gilchrist, John Fisher, Suzanne Murphy, Elizabeth Atherton, Lorna Anderson, Donald Maxwell, Simon Lepper and Malcolm Martinean at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 2019.
Joseph sings in Harry Christopher’s The Sixteen Young Artist Scheme, “Genesis Sixteen” for 2019/2020, performing in concert at Bridgewater Hall, Magdalen College, Hampton Court Palace and at the National Opera Studio. He has also held positions at Llandaff Cathedral, the Cardiff Oratory and with the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
Joseph is grateful for the ongoing and generous support of Loud Applause Rising Stars and Mary and Hywel George and the Margaret George Memorial Award.