Joshua Quinlan

Biography

Joshua Quinlan is a British-born conductor and composer, primarily based in the north of England. He is the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Borealis and has performed at numerous venues across the country and internationally including the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, CBSO Centre and Royal Albert Hall. Joshua’s works have been performed by numerous professional and amateur ensembles, including by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company and National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

His first ventures into music began as a treble with the choir of Holy Trinity Church (Southport), where he received the foundational education on which he has based his career. After singing as Head Chorister with the choir for three years, Joshua started studying at the Royal Northern College of Music’s prestigious Junior department where he received tuition in conducting, composition, clarinet and voice. While still at JRNCM, Joshua began singing with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and was appointed Principal Auxiliary Clarinettist of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (where he since been promoted to the position of Principal Clarinet).

Though he had always shown great interest in conducting and composition, he didn’t realise that he would pursue conducting and composition for his career until he performed in an acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Portugal with the Lisbon Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir and conductor Vasily Petrenko at the age of eleven. Since then, conducting and composition has been his passion, with his eventual being to conduct this epic symphony on tour himself.

Joshua received his first commission from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic at age sixteen; a chamber piece for performance by members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This was followed by a series of other commissions from the Liverpool Phil that greatly enhanced his career, with one of his more recent compositions, “Songs of Stone” being performed at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2018. 

Works

  • Songs of Stone (2018)
  • Sir Christemas (2017)
  • Personent Hodie (2017)
  • Astral Experiences (2019)
  • Futility (2018)
  • Fishermen at Sea (2016)
  • Musica uno picem (2019)
  • Manning Sherwin: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (2019)
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams: English Folk Song Suite (2017)