Joshua Ellicott is an artist, acknowledged for his beautiful voice, subtlety of communication and his heart-rending and passionate performances. He vigorously eschews confining himself to one area of classical music and his interests cover many areas of sung repertoire, excelling in early music, Romantic repertoire as well as contemporary compositions, in opera, concert and recital.
Joshua’s performances take him across the globe to work with some of the world’s most respected musicians and ensembles and in the finest venues.
In early music he has been a guest soloist at home and on tour with many of the best known British ensembles such as the English Concert, Gabrieli Consort, King’s Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music and Dunedin Consort as well as overseas groups such as the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Le Concert d’Astrée and Concerto Copenhagen.
In later repertoire his credits include the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, French National Radio Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Venues he has performed in include The Royal Albert Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, The Lincoln Centre NY, Disney Hall LA, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Theater and der Wien, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, KKL Lucerne, Hamburg Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie and the Royal Festival Hall.
Born in Manchester, England into a large and loving family, some of his first musical experiences were at the ex-pub piano that had been given to the family by his Great Aunt. Supported wholeheartedly by his parents, he was the beneficiary of state funded lessons on three musical instruments. Foundational to Joshua’s musical development was participating in his comprehensive school brass band, orchestra and choirs.
The joy of making music with others and seeing the effect it has upon an audience is an abiding love and to this day, whenever the rare, fun, opportunity arises to play or sing within an amateur ensemble it still brings him great delight.
Joshua has a particular affinity for recitals and small chamber events where intimate and fine music-making, together with the close proximity and attention of the audience can make for deeply personal and affecting performances. He has had the privilege of presenting his WW1 commemorative piece, From Your Ever Loving Son Jack, at many festivals, where audiences have been left stunned by his presentation of songs and his Great Uncle’s WW1 letters. It is also at festivals where he most recently performed new works for tenor and chamber ensembles. Last year he gave the premiere of Stuart Macrae’s new work, ‘I am Prometheus’ with the Hebrides Ensemble at the Lammermuir Festival and the previous year at the Carducci Quartet’s own festival, their commission of ‘Pianto Antico’, a setting of Carducci poetry by Simon Rowland-Jones.
It is with piano that he most often performs chamber music however, and the great works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and the English composers of the 20th Century are often on his music stand.
In the 2019/20 season bookings include with the New York Philharmonic as the tenor soloist in their Christmas Messiah performances at the Lincoln Centre, in Boston with the Handel and Haydn society as the Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion, Britten’s Serenade with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bach B min Mass with the Bachakademie Stuttgart and a major tour singing the role of Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) with the English Concert, including London’s Barbican Hall, LA Opera, Vienna’s Theater an der Wien and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
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