British-Australian organist and choral conductor Joseph Nolan has been hailed by ABC Classic FM as ‘an extraordinary musician’, BBC Radio 3 CD Review as a ‘virtuoso’, and Limelight Magazine, Australia as a ‘remarkable musician’. Joseph was also nominated by Limelight Magazine as an Artist of the Year in 2016.
Nolan studied at the Royal College of Music, London winning the Canon Bark Prize for most promising organ student and was awarded First Class Honours for his final recital at the Temple Church, London.
Scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust, Hattori Foundation and the Royal Philharmonic Society supported Joseph’s advanced studies with legendary organists Marie-Claire Alain in Paris and Dame Gillian Weir in London.
Appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace in 2004, Joseph performed on numerous occasions at Buckingham Palace, most notably giving the opening concert of the refurbished Grand Ballroom organ to a distinguished audience.
Joseph Nolan has played in concert across the globe and made his solo debut at Sydney Opera House in the 2017 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Season to great critical acclaim.
Highlights in 2018 will see Nolan make his solo concerto debut (two performances of the Poulenc organ concerto as well as a solo recital) with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra at Petronas Concert Hall, Kuala Lumper, as well as performing as a soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth Concert Hall. He will also conduct the Cathedral Consort in collaboration with The King’s Singers at Perth Concert Hall.
Nolan’s interpretations of the complete works of Charles-Marie Widor for Signum Records – winners of Gramophone’s 2017 ‘Label of the Year’ award – have firmly cemented Joseph’s international reputation, with both Gramophone and the Australian newspaper describing the discs as ‘utterly authoritative’ Music Web International as ‘The Widor cycle of the decade’ BBC Music Magazine as ‘swashbuckling’ and Limelight Magazine as ‘Monumental’.
The Nolan/Signum Widor cycle features the nest Cavaillé-Coll organs in France including those of La Madeleine Paris, St Sernin Toulouse, and St François de Sales Lyon with the discs being awarded multiple ve-star reviews and ‘Editor’s Choice’ awards in BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and Limelight Magazine. They have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM amongst many others.
Nolan was invited to take up the position of Organist and Master of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia in 2008. Under Joseph’s leadership the Cathedral music programme has been described as ‘elite’ and ‘world class’ in the Australian and West Australian newspapers. The Cathedral choirs have regularly performed for ABC Classic FM whilst the Cathedral Consort has performed with The Hilliard Ensemble and the Academy of Ancient Music at Perth Concert Hall.
Nolan has collaborated with some of the worlds finest trumpeters, including Alison Balsom, Crispian Steele Perkins and David Elton, formerly Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and now Principal Trumpet of The London Symphony Orchestra.
Joseph Nolan was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2016 by the French Government for services to French music. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Australia.
Written by Matt Buchanan - Signum Records
Joseph Nolan will be serenading his audience at the Hall, this Tuesday October 24 at 11am | Tickets still available