Joseph Wicks is Assistant Organist of St John’s College, Cambridge, having been its Herbert Howells Organ Scholar. He also sings tenor in The Gesualdo Six and is Musical Director of the Gentlemen of St John’s. Joseph graduated with a BA degree in Music from Cambridge University in June 2016.
Joseph began his musical education as a Chorister, later Bishop’s (Head) Chorister, of Salisbury Cathedral, singing with them for six years where he first enjoyed the daily round of evensong and the rich repertoire of an English Cathedral Choir. He moved on to Lancing College as a Walter Stanton Music Scholar, and was later awarded their Sixth Form Organ Scholarship. He then spent a gap year as Organ Scholar of Hereford Cathedral before moving to St John’s in 2013.
Joseph’s first organ teacher was Andrew Post at Salisbury Cathedral School. He continued to learn with Neil Cox, Stephen Farr and Daniel Cook, and now studies with Gordon Stewart in Cambridge. Joseph is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), winning the Limpus, Shinn and Durrant prize for the highest mark in the practical examination. Joseph’s recent recital venues include Westminster Abbey, King’s, Queen’s, St John’s and Trinity Colleges, Cambridge, Hereford and Truro Cathedrals. Future events include a recital at Kidderminster Town Hall as part of the 2017 Three Choirs Festival.
Joseph plays a large proportion of the daily services sung by the world famous Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge and also accompanies them on their busy broadcast, recording and international tour schedules, most recently to Germany and France. The College Choir’s recent launch of its own label as an imprint of Signum Classics will present Joseph’s first two CD releases as accompanist to the choir: ‘Christmas With St John’s’ was released in October 2016, and a 20th century masses disc to be released this year will include the Kodály Missa Brevis. Joseph’s ultimate ambition is to be a Cathedral organist and Director of Music, and is passionate about choral conducting. He conducts the College Choir frequently and has performed repertoire from Parry’s Hear my words, ye people to Poulenc’s Mass in G.
In addition, Joseph remains as committed as possible to singing, and is taught by David Lowe in Cambridge. He is a graduate of the prestigious Genesis Sixteen, a training scheme for talented young singers run by internationally renowned choir The Sixteen and its director Harry Christophers. Joseph sings with The Gesualdo Six, who were St John’s Smith Square Young Artists for the 2015/16 season. Having performed on BBC Radio 3 and given concerts across the UK, the group toured Jersey in August 2016 and last Christmas gave concerts in Monaco, Salisbury and London. Their debut CD recording will take place this year. Joseph also sings with the Gentlemen of St John’s, and his two-year tenure as Musical Director will end in the summer of this year.
In August 2017, Joseph will be taking up the post of Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral.