Joshua Ellicott is a lyric tenor working on the international stage. His artistry comes from a rare combination of beauty of tone and power which has seen him work across the globe in opera, concert and recital. His performances are also committed to the telling of the story, the connection with the audience and the sheer enjoyment of making music with others.
Born in Manchester, he lived for the first two years of his life just around the corner from the old Manchester City Football ground, Maine Road, before moving as part of a growing family to a small town half an hour’s drive away. There, at the age of seven, he began piano lessons on his Great Aunt’s ex-pub piano. Greatly encouraged by his amateur music loving parents he pursued his piano studies through a variety of teachers - from the gentle and excellent Mrs Morgan to the snuff sniffing, technically unconventional Mr Vaughan! As he began his Sixth Form studies he found himself to be a capable pianist.
There at St Mary’s - a comprehensive high school - he first encountered singing as an activity beyond church. He was encouraged to join the school choirs, since he was studying A-level music, and soon found that here was something he enjoyed - and more than that, something he found relatively easy! It was towards the end of his time at Sixth Form that the first thoughts of singing as a career came into his mind. The person who had greatest influence on this decision was a wonderful lady called Jacqueline Alderson. She had noted Josh’s progress in the school choirs and offered him singing lessons - for free. Through those lessons, Josh was introduced to great works of classical vocal music and the beginnings of a healthy vocal technique.
From there he read Music at York University where his singing blossomed as he studied and developed as a musician. It was here that he first came into contact with professional singers and realised that this was indeed a path he wanted to take. He applied to Music Colleges and was readily offered scholarships at both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He took advantage of the latter and entered the profession.
Since then his career has continued to flourish. In 2006 he won the First Prize at the prestigious International Vocal Concours at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, as well as three further prizes for song, opera and all-round musicianship. His work is increasingly international with performances in the USA, Japan and Europe.
Josh has returned to live in the North-west of England where he lives with his wife Katharine and their three children. He is a committed Christian and attends the church in the village where they live (interestingly and entirely by coincidence the church at which the great Contralto Kathleen Ferrier was married in 1935). Although his time is pretty much spoken for when he is at home, he still finds a few moments to pursue his other interests. He is an aficionado of black and white darkroom photography and whilst he does work digitally too, he prefers the solace afforded by working in the pitch black with Bach on the stereo and the smell of fixer in his nostrils.
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