Organ Recital: Joshua Hales
Wed, 8 February 2017 at 12.30pm
Admission to this recital is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music funds.
Date: Wednesday 8th February
Allegro risoluto (from Symphony 2 op. 20) – Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 664 – JS Bach (1685-1750)
Choral no. 1 in E major – César Franck (1822-1890)
Having been Assistant Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral since 2013, Joshua is currently Acting Director of Music, in which role he is responsible for the direction of the six weekly choral services, and the oversight of the music department. He is also an Organ Tutor at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.
Joshua began his musical training in his home town of Wigan at the age of eight, learning the trumpet. In 2005 he took up the organ under John Benson, before attending Chetham's School of Music for his sixth form education, where he continued his organ studies with Christopher Stokes, in conjunction with piano, harpsichord and trumpet.
From 2008 to 2009 Joshua spent a year as Organ Scholar of Truro Cathedral, before going up to Exeter College, Oxford, where he read for a degree in Music and held the organ scholarship. As Senior Organ Scholar at Exeter, his duties involved recruiting, training and conducting the respected mixed-voice choir, as well as playing the organ when required. The choir undertook two successful tours during this time, to Italy and Catalonia, which included singing services and concerts at St Mark's, Venice and Barcelona Cathedral. During his time at university Joshua studied organ with Clive Driskill-Smith and conducting with Paul Spicer. For a year following the completion of his degree, he was Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral. Joshua has given recitals in numerous cathedrals, churches and college chapels, and has appeared as a continuo player with a variety of ensembles. He has performed as organist and conductor on both television and radio.
Outside of musical life, Joshua has interests in politics, history and beer. He lives with his wife Lizzie and their two cats, Massachusetts and Vermont.