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B.A(hons) PGCE dipABRSM
Born into a musical family in County Durham, England, Joseph started playing tuba at the age of 12 with his local secondary school wind band. With encouragement from his brass playing parents and close family friends, he soon progressed on to the Boldon Colliery Brass Band and within 3 years of playing had been accepted into the Ever Ready Brass Band and National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. Joseph was member of the National Youth Brass Band for 4 years, being Principal Tuba for 2 years and winner of the Harry Mortimer Solo Competition in 1997. He was also 2 times semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship. In 1999, Joseph moved to Leeds to study Music and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds, studying tuba with Brian Kingsley of Opera North and conducting with Professor Philip Wilby. At this time he was also accepted into the world famous Black Dyke Brass Band. Joseph spent 14 happy years at Black Dyke, from 1999 until 2013, winning 2 European, 2 British Open, 4 British National, 3 English National and 4 Yorkshire Regional titles. He also toured extensively, to Australia, USA, Canada, Bermuda, Switzerland, Norway, Austria and Sweden. In 2006 he was awarded the Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy for the Best Soloist at the British Open Brass Band Championships. As a soloist, Joseph has work as a guest artist with many groups, including playing the Vaughan-Williams Tuba Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sunderland Symphony Orchestras, Black Dyke Band (Festival of Brass), the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, and as a featured soloist at the European Championships Gala Concert and National Brass Band Championships Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. In 2008 he released his first solo CD, “Debut” to critical acclaim. Joseph has also commissioned many composers to write for the tuba, including Professor Philip Wilby, Daniel Price, Simon Oliver, Frederik Schjelderup and Sandy Smith. His second solo album “Debut 2” was released in July 2017, accompanied by Manger Musikklag under Allan Withington, and featured the epic Derek Bourgeois Tuba Concerto No. 2. In 2015 Joseph relocated to Bergen Norway, joining Manger Musikklag as Principal Tuba and also to develop his performing and conducting career, working with bands such as Krohnengen Brass Band, Manger Musikklag (winning Oslo Brass Festival in 2018), Haukas Musikklag (winning SIDDIS Division 2 in 2015 and 2016) and Fjell Brass (winning the Division 3 Norwegian National Championships 2018). He is also tuba tutor at the International Brass Band Summer School. Joseph is a Geneva Instruments Performing Artist and plays exclusively on a Geneva Symphony E flat Tuba.