BRUNCH BITE: September 9
His career in music began at the age of 10, when he started singing as a treble with the boy-choir, Libera. A regular soloist, he went on to record a number of studio albums with the group and appear on international concert tours, notably performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, New York Yankees Stadium and the Kennedy Center.
Josh continues to tour with Libera today as a pianist in their live accompanying chamber orchestra and has taken to stages in the US, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Germany and throughout the UK.
Josh recently graduated from the University of York with a BA First-Class Honours in Music. During his time there, he was an active musical director of both classical and musical theatre projects: he conducted the Benjamin Britten opera, The Rape of Lucretia, in April 2016, and the Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes, in February 2017, both to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim in the local press.
Josh’s classical singing ventures have seen him work as a choral scholar at York Minster (2015-16) under the direction of Robert Sharpe. And in his second and third years, he acted as Robert Hollingworth’s assistant conductor for the university’s flagship, The 24 choir, with whom he performed in Florence in March 2017 alongside an ensemble of baroque instrument specialists.
However, the majority of Josh’s time at York was spent directing his own a cappella choir, Vox; staging regular concerts on campus but also performances at the Voice Festival UK, Coastival and the London A Cappella Festival. The culmination of his work with Vox was a 9-track album of original a cappella arrangements in what formed one of his final undergraduate projects (see Music).
In another final project, Josh produced a radio programme in which he composed and performed a multi-tracked vocal soundtrack to accompany the spoken word. In 2020, Josh embarked on a new musical endeavour under the name, Almanac. His debut single, Birds of a Feather, was released on 22nd February and can be streamed on all major platforms.