Director of the Hallé Choral Academy
Highly versatile UK Conductor, Singer, and Educator, Joseph Judge is Chorus Master of the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, a Hallé Associate Artist, Artistic Director of the Exon Festival, of the Leeds Guild of Singers, and Director of Chapel Music at Rossall School. Whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under Clark Rundell and Mark Heron, he won the Mortimer Furber prize for Conducting, worked with a variety of instrumental ensembles and composers in concert including the Manchester Camerata, 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 is also in demand as a Countertenor, frequently engaged as an oratorio soloist, on regular live broadcasts with the BBC Daily Service Singers, as a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral, and with a variety of other ensembles. He was one of the eight inaugural Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB), performing throughout the UK and in Malta, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He studies with Nick Powell, and has participated in masterclasses given by James Gilchrist, Harry Christophers, Neil Ferris, and Lucy Schaufer.
Joseph has also worked with the Hallé Choir, recorded for Sony PlayStation, and conducted in the Bridgewater Hall. A passionate educator, he directs the Hallé Choral Academy, has worked with Hallé Youth and Training Choirs, as Section Head/Leader on NYCGB Courses, and adjudicated Jersey Music Service’s PwC Young Musician of the Year. He is founder and director of Turton Consort, who often broadcast live on BBC Radio and whose performances have included a highly acclaimed recital of Monteverdi Madrigals at St Ann’s Church, Manchester, and at the Whitworth Art Gallery for an exhibition opening. Exon Festival performances have included Handel Messiah and a live BBC Radio 4 broadcast of Schubert Mass in G with FIGO Baroque Ensemble.