The Senior Organ Scholar plays a key role in the Music Foundation, assisting in the training of the choristers and sharing in the playing and conducting of the daily services.
Acknowledged as one of Britain’s “most brilliant and exciting young musicians” (Leeds Inspired), Joshua Stephens is the recipient of many awards and prizes. He began his musical career as a treble chorister in Sheffield Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Neil Taylor, who was to later become his first tutor in the organ. As a member of the choir, he participated in numerous engagements external to the daily liturgical routine of the cathedral, including BBC broadcasts, CD recordings, and several international tours.
As a solo recitalist, Joshua is acclaimed, with recent performances at Bradford Cathedral, St David’s Cathedral, Liverpool Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals, Selby Abbey (Organ Appeal Trust Celebrity Recitals 2015), and Leeds Town Hall (Leeds International Concert Series). He has also collaborated with actress Maxine Peake in the 2013 Manchester International Festival’s The Masque of Anarchy, and has participated in numerous masterclasses, most notably with Jacques Van Oortmerssen, and Olivier Latry.
In 2014 Joshua completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with a First Class degree with Honours, as a principal study organist, studying with Darius Battiwalla. After a period as Organ Scholar, Joshua was until recently Acting Assistant Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral, accompanying the cathedral choirs of Boys, Girls, Choral Scholars, and Ley Clerks, having recently accompanied them on a tour to Slovakia and Vienna, and live on BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong, alongside directing the cathedral Schola Cantorum.