Joshua Ellicott


"…the outstanding Joshua Ellicott."

The Times

"Joshua Ellicott…musical distinction, emotional precision and a keen dramatic urgency."

The Boston Globe

"…the magnificent tenor Joshua Ellicott."

Wiener Zeitung

"The outstanding tenor Joshua Ellicott is one of the most distinguished Evangelists of the day."

The Guardian

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Joshua Ellicott represents an extraordinary talent, effortlessly crossing genre from Song to Opera to Concert repertoire with his sweet-toned, flexible yet powerful, lyric tenor voice. His versatile musicianship is apparent in the wide range of repertoire in which he excels and the comprehensive list of conductors and ensembles with whom he works.

Described by the Wiener Zeitung as ‘the magnificent tenor’ for his performance with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Purcell’s 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 Centre New York.

Joshua’s international career now sees him travel to the premier concert halls of the world with some of the finest artists of this generation. In the field of early music he has worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Concentus Musicus Wien), Sir Roger Norrington (Zurich Chamber Orchestra), 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), Emmanuelle 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. Such is the flexibility of Joshua’s voice that he is also able to meet the stylistic demands of 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 Isolde (Wagner) to The Seven Deadly Sins (Kurt Weill) and Wozzeck (Berg). 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 Joshua’s artistry and his care for the text, allied to his beautiful and carefully modulated vocal production, allows for the most moving and engaging of performances. 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. 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.

This season he sings 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, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Latvijas Koncerti and his St Matthew Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and a tour with The English Concert.

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Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Tempo)

Royal Danish Opera (April 2019)

The soloists were excellent… Joshua Ellicott with his powerful, dramatic tenor.

Lars-Erik Larsson, Norra Skåne

Joshua Ellicott as Time, awakens Beauty and wanders through an adventurous labyrinth of chords

Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine

English tenor Joshua Ellicott seized the stage with authority as Time. A competent heir in the strong lyrical tenor tradition in his home country, his voice was able to seamlessly change from cool softness to bright sharpness.

Valdemar Lønsted, Dagbladed Information

…the deeply controlled Joshua Ellicott as Time.

Søren Schauser, Berlinske Tidende

Odes to St Cecilia: Purcell, Britten & Handel, The King’s Consort

(November 2018)

…with fine singing from the soloists, soprano, Julia Doyle, countertenor, Robin Blaze and Joshua Ellicott, tenor.

Frank Cliff, Eastern Daily Press

Stuart MacRae I am Prometheus, The Hebrides Ensemble

(September 2018)

Joshua Ellicott giving a restless, questioning, deeply human performance as the eponymous Titan.

David Kettle, The Scotsman

Bach St John Passion (Evangelist)

Teatro Arriaga (April 2018)

As always, Bieito inspired astonishing levels of commitment from his cast, which also included Joshua Ellicott as the Evangelist…

Xavier Cester, Opera Magazine

Handel Solomon (Zadok), Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Usher Hall (April 2018)

Joshua Ellicott, on the other hand, made a lot out of the little that Zadok the priest has to do, and his beautiful tenor, full of juicy tone and agile technique, was revelatory, an example of how wonderful this music can sound when it is sung with proper lyricism.

Simon Thompson, bachtrack****

Joshua Ellicott’s tenor voice mastered the vibrato trills superbly in the role of Zadok

Barbara Bryan, Edinburgh Guide****

Tenor Joshua Ellicott made a nimble, lyrical Zadok

David Kettle, The Scotsman

Bach St John Passion (Evangelist)

Yorkshire Bach Choir (March 2018)

Joshua Ellicott took the demanding Evangelist role … This was lucid, dramatic storytelling, ravishingly sung.

Robert Gammon, The York Press

CD Recording: Dyson Choral Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony

November 2017

Joshua Ellicott sings with a true sense of drama.

Andrew Mellor, Gramophone

Mozart Lucio Silla (Title), Buxton Festival

Buxton Opera House (July 2017)

Joshua Ellicott was impressive as Silla…

Opera Now

I have nothing but admiration for Joshua Ellicott as Lucio, the tyrant who melts to produce an unlikely happy ending

Richard Morrison, The Times

In the title role tenor Joshua Ellicott has great fun giving the audience his Richard III, with a little Mozart on the side

Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator

Joshua Ellicott succeeds in giving Silla an angry and unstable persona.

George Hall,

The two men in the cast included the eponymous role of Lucio. Portrayed by Joshua Ellicott whose committed acting, and bravura singing, made a convincing dictator. Although Silla’s conversion to benevolence was sudden Ellicott achieved both facets of the character with vocal aplomb and good characterization

Robert J. Farr,

Joshua Ellicott made a strong impression as the dictator Silla, one minute railing against the conspirators and threatening Giunia for refusing to marry him, and the next minute wracked by anxieties and worries. He made the lieto fine work

Robert Hugill,

From Your Ever-Loving Son Jack

Cheltenham Festival, Parabola Arts Centre (July 2016)

From Your Ever-Loving Son Jack, performed by the tenor Joshua Ellicott and the pianist Simon Lepper, was a sequence of songs and extracts from letters home written by the singer’s great-uncle during his tragically brief First World War enlistment. In a redoubtable Lancashire accent, Ellicott warmly conveyed the soldier’s resolute cheerfulness — that innocence agonising to think of — and intermittently burst into song, whether the high art of Frank Bridge’s late, searing Humbert Wolfe setting, Journey’s End, or Haydn Wood’s sentimentally appealing Roses of Picardy. His vocal power and diversity of repertoire were alike impressive.

Paul Driver, The Sunday Times

Handel Samson, Handel and Haydn Society

Boston Symphony Hall (April 2014)

“...with tenor Joshua Ellicott's forceful performance shining like the brightest of ornaments on the hood of a gleaming, well-oiled machine. Ellicott didn't just fill Symphony Hall with his incandescent, seemingly effortless sound; he also broke many a hardened heart with his compelling take on this tortured text.

As noted, tenor Ellicott was nothing less than riveting, delivering a fierce, keening power that sometimes conjured Milton's own rhetorical voice, as well as literally the darkest depths of despair (in the terrifying "Total eclipse") or the harshest heights of rage ("Why does the God of Israel sleep?"). Finally, of course, Samson finds God's light, as well as a transcendent calm - which Ellicott also captured exquisitely as Samson made his way toward his doom in the temple of the Philistines.

– The Hub Review

Joshua Ellicott’s dramatic tenor had the persuasive power to arouse our sense of pity. After an orchestral ritornello, his first aria began with the chilling words “Total eclipse,” sung without accompaniment here and each time they reappeared. The opening words of the rage aria “Why does the God of Israel sleep?” were again sung unaccompanied. In the fulminations that followed, Ellicott’s voice had theforce and the flexibility to handle extensive coloratura passages with conviction.

Musical Intelligencer

Bach St John Passion, Zurich Chamber Orchestra

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall (July 2014)

The aria ‘Erwäge wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken’ (which contemplates Christ’s wounded body) showed how expressive he could be.

The Daily Telegraph

…the outstanding Joshua Ellicott…

The Times

Bach St Matthew Passion, Handel and Haydn Society

Boston Symphony Hall (March 2012)

Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicot...musical distinction, emotional precision and a keen dramatic urgency.

The Boston Globe

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