Acknowledged as one of Britain’s “most brilliant and exciting young musicians” (Leeds Inspired), Joshua Stephens is the recipient of many awards and prizes. He began his musical career as a treble chorister in Sheffield Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Neil Taylor, who was to later become his first tutor in the organ. As a member of the choir, he participated in numerous engagements external to the daily liturgical routine of the cathedral, including BBC broadcasts, CD recordings, and several international tours.
As a solo recitalist, Joshua is acclaimed, with performances at Wells Cathedral, St David’s Cathedral, Liverpool Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals, Selby Abbey (Organ Appeal Trust Celebrity Recitals 2015), and Leeds Town Hall (Leeds International Concert Series). He has also collaborated with actress Maxine Peake in the 2013 Manchester International Festival’s The Masque of Anarchy, and has participated in numerous masterclasses, most notably with Jacques van Oortmerssen, and Olivier Latry.
In 2014 Joshua completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with a First Class degree with Honours, as a principal study organist, studying with Darius Battiwalla and Thomas Trotter. After a period as Organ Scholar, Joshua was Acting Assistant Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral, accompanying the cathedral choirs of Boys, Girls, Choral Scholars, and Lay Clerks, having accompanied them on a tour to Slovakia and Vienna, and live on BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong, alongside directing the cathedral Schola Cantorum.
After a year as Senior Organ Scholar (Second Assistant Organist) at Wells Cathedral, Joshua returned to Sheffield Cathedral in September 2018 as Assistant Director of Music.