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Joseph Judge

Conductor and Artistic Director

Highly versatile UK conductor Joseph Judge is a Hallé Associate Artist as Director of the Hallé Choral Academy, Chorus Master of the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Artistic Director of the Exon Singers, and Director of Chapel Music at Rossall School.

A recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music under Clark Rundell and Mark Heron, Joseph was awarded the Mortimer Furber prize and gained a distinction for a Masters in Conducting. Here he worked with a variety of instrumental ensembles and composers in concert including the Manchester Camerata, conducted a wide range of repertoire from Bach Motets to Beethoven Symphonies to premières of new compositions, received masterclass tuition from renowned conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, David Hill, and Omer Meir Wellber, and assisted the BBC and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras.

Joseph curates and delivers a varied and exciting programme of classical and choral music for The Exon Singers Festival each summer, which have in the past culminated with a performance of Handel Messiah with FIGO Baroque Ensemble, and a live performance of Schubert Mass in G on BBC Radio 4. He continues to prepare the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus for professional performances of large-scale repertoire with organisations such as the Hallé and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and will be conducting them in a performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem in March. With the Leeds Guild of Singers (Director 2017-2021), as well as perfecting specialist repertoire, he collaborated with Ensemble Tundra for a  performance of Arvo Pärt’s Berlin Mass. As Director of the Hallé Choral Academy, he inspires mixed ability singers to develop their vocal technique and sight-reading abilities through the singing of core repertoire.

As a Countertenor he is often engaged as an oratorio soloist, on regular live broadcasts with the BBC Daily Service Singers, and as a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral. He was previously one of the inaugural Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and continues to work for the organisation as a Section Leader for NYC and their Training Choirs. In the past, he has recorded music for Sony PlayStation, and founded the vocal ensemble, Turton Consort, who often broadcasted live on BBC Radio, and whose performances included a highly acclaimed recital of Monteverdi Madrigals, and an appearance as part of an exhibition opening at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

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