Music Theatre & Cabaret
Joe has been involved with a wide range of music theatre and cabaret performances internationally, as music director and pianist.
As Christina Bianco's music director Joe performed with her in Diva Moments, An Evening With, and co-created the show Party Of One. This collaboration has also seen him play at legendary New York venues such as Birdland and 54 Below.
In 2015 he co-created Nina Simone: Soul Sessions with Apphia Campbell, which, after a successful Edinburgh Festival run, was seen at the St. James Theatre in London.
He was associate MD for Fings Aint Wot They Used T'be, starring Gary Kemp, Catherine Tate and Jessie Wallace. Concerts as MD include Christmas in New York tour and at the Palace Theatre starring Eden Espinosa, Been On Broadway at the Duchess Theatre.
As pianist, credits include Reviewing the Situation at the Royal Festival Hall, Follies in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, Bat Boy at Arts Ed, and also appearing on The Paul O'Grady Show in the UK, among many others.
Composing & Theatre-Making
Joe's interests in creating new work encompass writing, composing, devising and facilitating creativity. In 2015-16 he pioneered the Devising Skills degree module at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona - equipping students with the skills to explore challenging and sensitive material through new music theatre.
Most recently, Joe's original electro-acoustic score for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has received critical acclaim on its US National tour and off-Broadway run with Aquila Theatre. Other collaborations with Aquila include the experimental audio design for Romeo & Juliet, and the French folk-inspired incidental music for Cyrano in 2013.
Prior to this, Joe was based in Beijing, creating a new bilingual musical for the Beijing Normal University - in this project he worked closely with Chinese practitioners and students to devise Step One: A New Musical; a wacky celebration of how the arts touch our daily lives, with a cast of 94!
In 2014, an evening of Joe's songs was presented at the Leicester Square Theatre, featuring a selection of works from current and previous projects and collaborations.
Joe was arranger and music supervisor for Julie Atherton's 2014 album Rush of Life, a deeply personal album with new songs contributed by composers such as Lance Horne and Craig Adams.
Joe held a position as lecturer in singing and musical theatre at the Institute of the Arts, Barcelona, on their BA(Hons) degrees and the Foundation course in musical theatre. He continues to be a visiting lecturer.
Teaching one-to-one technical singing, ensemble vocals, theory and repertoire, Joe's teaching is dynamic and varied - with a strong foundation in technique.
After helping create and deliver a new singing syllabus across the college, Joe designed and successfully launched the Devising Skills module on the BA Musical Theatre course - culminating in gala performances of two brand-new shows created by second-year students.
Joe continues to produce shows, run projects and facilitate work at drama schools and colleges - alongside specialist singing and advanced piano teaching on a one-to-one basis. Please do get in touch for more information.