Joseph Bolger

Senior Lecturer: Classical Music


Job title: Senior Lecturer: Classical Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

Specialisms: Contemporary and Early Music

Joseph teaches classical singers of all voice types at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He brings a wealth of performance experience into his teaching and uses his understanding of both the physiology and psychology of voice to ensure that his students have the solid technical and artistic grounding necessary for a lifetime of successful and enjoyable singing. 

In opera and concert he has worked for companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, New Chamber Opera, Armonico Consort, Ensemble Serse and Size Zero Opera. Recent appearances include Ormonte (Handel/L’Elpidia) with Opera Settecento at the London Handel Festival and Prince Edward (Arne/The Masque of Alfred) with Doha Baroque Ensemble in Qatar. Upcoming engagements include the role of the Rector’s Clerk in the world premiere concert and recording of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre with the English Symphony Orchestra.

In the world of song Joseph forms one half of Duo Seraphim with lutenist Richard MacKenzie. Together they present impassioned performances of music from composers as diverse as John Dowland and David Bowie. Click on the media section to watch a live performance at the Brighton Early Music Festival.

In the world of contemporary and non classical music, Joseph seeks always to experiment with what’s possible. He has a long standing relationship with leading composer Laura Bowler and has been involved with projects spanning improvised opera, jazz crossover and electronic music. With pianist Paul McKenzie and composer Robert Bentall he has established Nights of Old, a collective seeking to push the boundaries of genre distinctions through electronic music.

Joseph graduated with a first class degree in music from Pembroke College Oxford before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. When not performing, Joseph is a Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice at Leeds College of Music. He also undertakes Ph.D. research at King’s College London into the singing of early music.

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