Davies, Joseph


Joseph Davies (b.1987) has had works performed and broadcast throughout Europe and the USA. His orchestral triptych Byzantium, commissioned and premiered in 2012 by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW), received its ninth public performance in 2015 in Dublin from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and has been broadcast by the BBC and German radio.

Recent commissions includes Intricate Images for the world-renowned harpist Catrin Finch and cellist Steffan Morris, Echoes on poems by Hart Crane for baritone Jeremy Huw Williams premiered in New Orleans in 2015, and an orchestral song cycle The Shortest Day for BBC NOW and the Swansea Festival setting specially written texts by former Archbishop of Canterbury and poet Dr Rowan Williams to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster in October 2016.

He has recently collaborated with singer-songwriter Meilyr Jones on his Welsh Music Prize-winning album 2013 released in 2016 on Moshi Moshi Records, and Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose for the Tate Britain in 2017. In 2017 Joseph was the recipient of the Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild in recognition of his contribution to Welsh music.

Joseph studied with Robert Saxton at Oxford and Gary Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Music. Previous collaborators have included CHROMA Ensemble, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble and the Esbjerg Ensemble (Denmark), and work for the Brighton Soundwaves festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival, Tête-à-Tête Opera and Size Zero Opera as composer and conductor. He is a former participant in the Genesis Foundation's VOX course at the Royal Opera House.

Joseph’s works are published by Cadenza Music. He lectures in composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where he has taught since 2013.