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Joseph Nolan

Joseph Nolan

Joseph Nolan is an internationally recognized organist with his musicianship being hailed by Gramophone Magazine as being ‘brilliant and astute’ and International Record Review ‘as having first rate musical intelligence’.

Appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace, UK in 2004-8, Joseph played on numerous occasions at Buckingham Palace, undertaking both the inaugural concert and CD recording of the refurbished Grand Ballroom Organ. Joseph also was soloist in a CPE Bach organ concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra at the Thanksgiving service for Princess Diana at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks UK.

Joseph’s work as an organist both as a performer and recording artist have been critically acclaimed and broadcast on media across the globe including BBC Radio 3, ABC and UK Classic FM, Radio France, USA Pipedreams and many others. Mr Nolan’s recordings for award winning UK label, Signum Records, from St Ouen Rouen, La Madeleine Paris, St Sulpice Paris, St Francois De Sales, Lyon and Buckingham Palace have received 5 star reviews and star recording awards from ABC Limelight Magazine and many others.

Joseph’s recording cycle of the complete organ works of Widor are being particularly well received, with both Gramophone Magazine, UK and the Weekend Australian describing the interpretations as ‘utterly authoritative’ 

This consistent critical acclaim has resulted in Joseph performing Widor organ symphonies at the World Organ Festival in Rome in May 2013 and future engagements to perform Widor include a tour to Russia in the spring of 2015.

Engagements across the globe have seen Joseph perform with the King’s Singers at the Bad Homberg International Festival and with trumpeters Alison Balsom and Crispian Steele Perkins. Solo performances include concerts at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, Westminster Abbey, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and major concerts for organists congress meetings in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Joseph was appointed Master of Music at St George’s Cathedral in Perth, Western Australia in 2008 and is widely recognized for his work with the choirs at the Cathedral. Both cathedral choirs have featured for four consecutive years at the Perth International Festival and for ABC Classic FM Sunday Live, as well as a TV broadcast of nine lessons and carols across the nation. 

Joseph made his concerto debut with the West Australia Symphony Orchestra in 2012 performing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and the Saint Saens Organ Symphony. This concert was broadcast on ABC Classic FM the same year.  In October 2013, Joseph will make his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Chorus.

In July 2013, Joseph was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Australia in recognition of his musical achievements here in Western Australia and internationally.