Joseph Nolan is an internationally renowned organist and musician, acclaimed as ‘brilliant and such an astute musician’ (Gramophone UK) and for his ‘sheer musicianship’ (International Record Review). This acclaim has led to Joseph being invited to represent Australia at the World Organ Festival in Rome in May 2013 to play Widor organ symphonies.
Joseph was appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace, United Kingdom in 2004 and broadcast with the choir on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM as well as playing at the Thanksgiving service for Princess Diana at The Guards Chapel, broadcast on BBC Television.
Joseph also performed on numerous occasions at Buckingham Palace, most notably giving the inaugural recital of the refurbished Ballroom organ to a distinguished invited audience. Joseph was the first ever organist to record a commercial CD of this instrument for the Signum label (‘Nolan uses the organ to amazing effect’ Gramophone UK).
This acclaim has led to Joseph being invited to record in some of the world’s premiere venues which include St Sulpice, Paris, St Ouen, Rouen, and Buckingham Palace. In May 2011, Joseph recorded the entire ten organ symphonies of Widor at La Madeleine, Paris (where both Fauré and Saint-Saëns were organists) in only seven nights. These discs have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic FM, Radio France, and USA Pipedreams as well as enjoying superlative reviews and being awarded 'discs of the week' on UK Classic FM and Radio Sweden.
Joseph has toured extensively across Europe, Asia, North America, New Zealand and Australia, including giving concerts in Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland Town Halls, and for various US conventions including the Year of the Organ. In October-November 2012, Joseph completed a solo concert tour of Canada/USA.
Joseph has also conducted and accompanied some of the world’s leading groups and musicians, including the King’s Singers at the Bad Homburg International Festival, The London Mozart Players at St John’s Smith Square, UK, as well as giving organ and trumpet concerts with trumpeters David Elton, Crispian Steele-Perkins, and Alison Balsom. Joseph also conducted The Hilliard Ensemble, St George’s Cathedral Consort, and WASO players in a performance of Pärt’s Passio for the 2010 Perth International Arts Festival at Perth Concert Hall.
Joseph made his debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Perth Concert Hall in March 2012, playing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony for the opening of the WASO Classics concerts. This concert was recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic FM in August 2012.
Joseph took up the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Australia in March 2008. Joseph conducts the nationally renowned choirs, who since Joseph’s arrival now are regularly in demand on ABC TV and Radio and have worked with The Hilliard Ensemble, the Academy of Ancient Music, and I Fagiolini. They have been described as ‘elite, faultless and world-class’ by The Australian and The West Australian.