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Joshua Quinlan Principal Conductor

Performing under Maestro Quinlan is not only a pleasure, but also a breeze. His dedication to (and connection with) the music he conducts is refreshing, and his interpretations always result in a successful and innovative performance.

Orchestral Musician, 2017

Joshua Quinlan is a passionate and energetic British-born conductor and composer working primarily in the north of England. As a conductor, he has featured at many prestigious venues both at home and abroad, including the Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool), CBSO Centre (Birmingham) and Royal Albert Hall (London).

From a very young age, Joshua has felt a deep love and commitment to music-making. From the age of six, he sung with his local church choir under the direction of Liverpool Cathedral’s ex-Director of Music, Mr Ian Wells. However, his first sense of the vocational nature of music occured when he sung the ragazzi part in an acclaimed performance of Mahler’s epic Eighth Symphony, the “Symphony of a Thousand”, alongside Vasily Petrenko and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal (2011).

From here, Joshua went on to study conducting, in addition to composition, clarinet and voice, at the Royal Northern College of Music’s renowned Junior Department (JRNCM), under the direction of Karen Humphreys MBE. While at JRNCM, he had the opportunity to work with high-ranking professionals in their respective fields, including Ewa Strusinska (Conductor), Eduardo Portal (Conductor), Pete Durrant (Pianist), David Jones (Pianist), and the late-and-great Jeffrey Lawton (Tenor).

Now having graduated from the JRNCM, Joshua regularly performs alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (including occasionally with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) as Principal Clarinettist, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as a baritone.

His compositional portfolio includes commissions from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Wilfred Owen Society, Tate Modern, Rubicon Classics, Royal Northern College of Music and 0161 Brass, which have been performed by numerous professional and amateur ensembles across Britain, including by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (and Youth Company) and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

Matthew Rhodes Assistant Conductor

Matthew Rhodes is a British conductor, currently most active in Finland as student on the prestigious Conducting course at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki.

He studied conducting, piano and singing at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, where he conducted many of the conservatoire’s ensembles, including Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble and Sinfonia. Matthew’s portfolio includes performances at many of the UK’s prestigious concert halls, along with venues in Finland and elsewhere.

The Northern Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to have him onboard as Assistant Conductor, in which capacity he will perform several concerts with the ensemble throughout the season. He is also a key member of the Artistic Committee, helping to shape the outlook for the coming concerts. 

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