Joshua Ellicott’s sweet-toned, flexible yet powerful lyric tenor voice and versatile musicianship are apparent in the wide range of repertoire in which he excels, from song to opera to concert. In the field of early music he has worked with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Roger Norrington, Harry Bicket, Harry Christophers Paul McCreesh, and has developed a particular affinity with the works of Bach, Handel and Monteverdi. He also enjoys interpreting later repertoire and he has been privileged to work with such luminaries as Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding and Esa Pekka Salonen.
Recent highlights include the role of Tempo Il trionfo del temp e del desinganno in a new production at the Royal Danish Opera, the UK premiere of George Walker’s Lilacs with the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgårds, the Evangelist in a staged production of Bach’s St John Passion at Teatro Arriaga in Spain, a new work by Stuart MacRae and Britten’s Canticle No. 5 at the Lammermuir Festival, Patrick Hawes’ The Great War Symphony at Classic FM Live, Britten’s Serenade with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus for the second time with Capella Cracoviensis, Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Latvijas Koncerti.
Song is another important feature of Joshua’s artistry. One of the greatest successes of recent years has been a programme devised around the First World War letters of Josh’s Great Uncle Jack in which through his dramatic readings of letters and interspersed song, audiences have been left deeply moved.