Joshua Crunden

Joshua is a freelance musician who works as a performer, accompanist, conductor and teacher. He was invited to take the appointment of accompanist for Philomusica in the autumn of 2016. He is also currently the conductor of Stonehouse Community Choir and organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Stonehouse and All Saints Anglican Church in Bisley.

 

Joshua enjoys regular work accompanying local performers including the soprano Phillippa Lay, with whom he is currently working on a recording of a contemporary cantata, Dominck Argento’s Miss Manners on Music.He also plays violin in the Stroud Symphony Orchestra and Capriol Chamber Orchestra.

 

He began his musical education with the piano at age 7 before taking up the violin two years later. After moving to Gloucestershire in the summer of 2000 Joshua continued learning the piano with Jenny Lindop and the violin with Cathy Hill. He later began learning the electric guitar followed by the organ. During his school years he enjoyed a wide range of music making, including performing in the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, playing in a rock band with classmates, being musical director of school pantomimes and organising and performing in recitals with pianist Alex Howgego.

 

He then studied music at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a BMus in 2012 and an MA in 2014.While at the university he studied piano with Joseph Middleton and the violin with Nic Fallowfield. As a student, Joshua performed regularly with the university orchestras and choirs. He also performed in the orchestra pit for student operatic productions and with the Gilbert and Sullivan society.

 

He also secured a place in the prestigious CBSO Youth Orchestra, performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall under the baton of world famous conductors such as John Wilson. During his postgraduate studies, Joshua took up a position in the Birmingham Oratory choir and worked as organist and choirmaster at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Redditch, being responsible for 25 singers in the parish choir and working with the local schools. He returned to home to the Stroud area in 2015 where he has been establishing himself as a freelance musician and continuing his piano studies with Jenny Lindop.

 

For Joshua, music provides great joy and fulfilment and he is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

 

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