Joseph Wicks

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Joseph Wicks is an organist, conductor and tenor based in Cornwall. He is Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral, a post that he took up in September 2017. As well as founding The Beaufort Singers, he is Musical Director of Truro Cathedral’s voluntary choir, St Mary’s Singers and sings tenor in The Gesualdo Six.

Joseph’s duties at Truro include assisting in the training of the boy and girl choristers, conducting services and mentoring of the choral and organ scholars, as well as playing the world-famous Father Willis organ for most of the daily sung services. During his first year there, he recorded a CD of music by Dobrinka Tabakova with the cathedral choir including a substantial organ solo, and also accompanied the choir on three broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 including a live concert broadcast of Duruflé’s Requiem.

Prior to this Joseph was Assistant Organist of St John’s College, Cambridge, having been its Herbert Howells Organ Scholar. Whilst there, Joseph accompanied the world-famous Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge on their busy broadcast, recording and international tour schedules as well as their sung services. The choir’s own label as an imprint of Signum Classics includes  Joseph’s CD releases as accompanist to the choir including works by Kodaly and Vaughan Williams, as well as a disc of various live performances originally broadcast by BBC Radio 3 during some of famous Advent Carol Services. Joseph was also Musical Director of the Gentlemen of St John’s with whom he recorded a CD of Christmas music.

Joseph began his musical education as a Chorister, later Bishop’s (Head) Chorister, of Salisbury Cathedral, singing with them for six years where he first enjoyed the daily round of evensong and the rich repertoire of an English cathedral choir. He moved on to Lancing College as a Walter Stanton Music Scholar and was later awarded their Sixth Form Organ Scholarship. He then spent a gap year as Organ Scholar of Hereford Cathedral before moving to St John’s in 2013.

As an organist, Joseph has given recitals in Westminster Abbey, King’s College Cambridge, as well as several other Cambridge colleges, municipal halls, and several cathedrals and churches across the UK. Joseph’s first organ teacher was Andrew Post at Salisbury Cathedral School. He continued to learn with Neil Cox, Stephen Farr, Daniel Cook, and studied with Gordon Stewart in Cambridge. Joseph is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) winning the Limpus, Shinn and Durrant prize for the highest mark in the practical examination. Joseph is passionate about new music and has given world premiere performances of organ pieces by Louis Andriessen, Neil Cox, Tarik O’Regan, Sven-David Sandström and Tim Watts.

As a conductor, Joseph has given performances of Bach’s Magnificat & St John Passion, MacMillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil. He directs the annual Boxgrove Choral Festival at Boxgrove Priory, West Sussex every late summer with The Beaufort Singers.

In addition, Joseph maintains a freelance career as a singer. He is a graduate of Genesis Sixteen, a training scheme for young singers run by The Sixteen and its director Harry Christophers. Joseph has sung with groups such as Alamire and Polyphony, and is a founding member of The Gesualdo Six, a vocal ensemble who recently released their debut CD recording ‘English Motets’ on the Hyperion label to international acclaim. Two further CDs will be recorded in 2019. Having performed several times on BBC Radio 3 and given concerts across the UK and more widely in Europe, the group recently toured the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Québec and British Colombia and will soon visit Australia and the USA for the first time.

Find out more at Joseph’s website.