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.
Described by the Wiener Zeitung as a "magnificent tenor" for his performance with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Purcell's The Fairy Queen, he has also been described by the New York Times as a "stand out in an excellent cast" for his portrayal of Andres in Wozzeck with the Philharmonia and Esa Pekka Salonen at the Lincoln Center.
Highlights of his 2018/19 season include a new work by Stuart MacRae and Britten's Canticle No. 5 at the Lammermuir Festival, Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day with The English Concert under Harry Bicket, Patrick Hawes' The Great War Symphony at Classic FM Live, a tour of Handel's Messiah with The King's Consort, and Tempo in Il Trionfo des Tempo e dei Disinganno at the Royal Danish Opera.
In the field of early music he has worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Concentus Musicus Wien), Sir Roger Norrington (Zurich Chamber Orchestral, Harry Bicket (The English Concert), Harry Christophers (The Sixteen, Boston Handel and Haydn Society), Robert King (The King's Consort), Paul McCreesh (The Gabrieli Consort, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra), Bernard Labadie (OAE), Emmanuel Haim (Le Concert d'Astree) and has developed a particular affinity with the works of Bach, Handel and Monteverdi and within that a special love for the role of the Evangelist in Bach's Passions.
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 in works as varied as Parsifal and Tristan und lsolde to The Seven Deadly Sins and Wozzeck. Orchestras include the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, The Philharmonia, The Hallé, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, Brabants Orkest, RTE Symphony, Ulster Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.
Song is another important feature of his artistry. One of the greatest successes of recent years has been a program devised around the First World War letters of his great-uncle Jack in which, through his dramatic readings of letters and interspersed song, audiences have been left deeply moved. A particularly special performance took place at the Cologne Early Music Festival where some of the letters were translated into German and read by Joshua.
He was born in Manchester and is a graduate of the University of York. From there he progressed to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he studied singing, aided by a full scholarship. A landmark in his developing career came in 2006 when he was the overall winner of the International Vocal Concours in Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, as well as taking four of the remaining nine prizes for song, musical interpretation and opera.