Dr Joseph Nolan
ORGANIST AND MASTER OF THE CHORISTERS
British-Australian organist and choral conductor Dr Joseph Nolan has been hailed by ABC Classic FM as ‘an extraordinary musician’ and BBC Radio 3 Record Review as ‘magnificent’.
A nominee for ‘Artist of the Year’, Limelight Magazine have also recently awarded Joseph their coveted ‘Recording of the Month’ for his ninth disc for Signum Records, recorded at St Etienne du Mont, Paris, the church and organ of Maurice Duruflé. This was the first time in the history of the magazine that an organ disc has been given this award.
Joseph studied at the Royal College of Music, London winning the Canon Bark Prize for most promising organ student and was awarded First Class Honours for his final recital at the Temple Church, London.
Scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust, Hattori Foundation and the Royal Philharmonic Society supported his advanced studies with legendary organists Marie-Claire Alain in Paris and Dame Gillian Weir in London.
Appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace in 2004, Joseph performed on numerous occasions at Buckingham Palace, most notably giving the opening concert of the refurbished Grand Ballroom organ to a distinguished audience.
Joseph Nolan has played in concerts across the globe and made his solo debut at Sydney Opera House in the 2017 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Season to great critical acclaim. Joseph has also performed as a concerto soloist with The Malaysian Symphony Orchestra at Petronas Concert Hall, Kuala Lumper and West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Perth Concert Hall.
Joseph will be making his debut as organ soloist in two performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in July 2019. The concerts will be conducted by the SSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, David Robertson.
Nolan’s interpretations of the complete works of Charles-Marie Widor for Signum Records – winners of Gramophone’s 2017 ‘Label of the Year’ award – have firmly cemented his international reputation, with both Gramophone and The Australian newspaper describing the discs as ‘utterly authoritative’, Music Web International as ‘the Widor cycle of the decade’, BBC Music Magazine as ‘swashbuckling’, and Limelight Magazine as ‘monumental’.
The Nolan/Signum Widor cycle features the finest Cavaillé-Coll organs in France including those of La Madeleine Paris, St Sernin Toulouse, and St François de Sales Lyon with the discs being awarded multiple five-star reviews and ‘Editor’s Choice’ awards in BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and Limelight Magazine. They have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM amongst many others.
Very notably, Gramophone Magazine awarded the final disc in the Widor Cycle a ‘Critics’ Choice’ for 2017.
Dr Nolan was invited to take up the position of Organist and Master of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia in 2008. Under Joseph’s leadership the Cathedral music programme has been described as ‘elite’ and ‘world class’ in The Australian and The West Australian newspapers. The Cathedral choirs have regularly performed for ABC Classic FM whilst the Cathedral Consort has performed with The Hilliard Ensemble, the Academy of Ancient Music, and The King’s Singers.
Joseph has also collaborated in concert with some of the world’s finest trumpeters, including Alison Balsom, Crispian Steele-Perkins, and David Elton, Principal Trumpet of The London Symphony Orchestra.
Dr Joseph Nolan was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for services to French music in 2016, and became an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Australia in 2013. The University has recently awarded Joseph their prestigious higher doctorate, the Doctor of Letters.
SENIOR ORGAN SCHOLAR
Currently undertaking an honours degree at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Holly studies organ with Alessandro Pittorino and Stewart Smith. Holly graduated from Penrhos College in 2015 where she played oboe and violin, participating in a variety of school orchestras as well as the WAYO programme. While at Penrhos, Holly was selected to workshop some of her compositions with Richard Gill and members from the SSO; was short-listed for the film composition competition Tropscore; and represented WA at the ASME conference where her composition was premiered by the Australian String Quartet. Since leaving school, Holly has written music for the Royal Schools Society, and for the CSIRO for some of their short science films; and was selected to workshop one of her compositions with the Flinders Quartet in Melbourne. In 2017, Holly held Wesley Uniting Church’s organ scholarship and travelled to Sydney for the Gondwana Choral Composer School and to Oxford University to study choral composition. In 2018, Holly held organ posts for the Royal School of Church Music camp, Swanbourne Church of the Resurrection, St. Mary’s Anglican Church in South Perth, the WA Youth Orchestra, the Winthrop Singers, and the St. George’s College Girls’ Choir and Chapel Choir. Holly also graduated with an undergraduate Music Specialist Studies degree in composition from UWA. This year, Holly was involved in Perth’s Choral Institute as an organist and will continue to act as organist for the Winthrop Singers and the choir of St George’s College.
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Dr Joseph Nolan