Josh is a highly accomplished cellist with a deep passion for orchestral playing. His musical journey began at a young age, becoming a member of numerous youth orchestras. He has worked with professional orchestras such as the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, The Midland Sinfonia and Manchester Camerata through a PES scheme. 

Currently a Master’s student at the Royal Academy of Music, Josh is learning with Professor Jo Cole. He previously graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class (Hons) Bachelor of Music, studying with Professor Hannah Roberts. Before RNCM, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music.

As a active chamber musician, Josh is involved with ensembles including the award-winning Bauhaus Trio and Petford Duo. He has performed at venues across England and Europe.

Josh’s versatility is evident, performing in the Forever Elton tribute band on electric cello and keyboard, as well as featuring in many Film and television scores, working as a session musician.

Josh has received masterclasses from renowned cellists across the world, including Steve Doane, Milkós Perényi and Sung-Won Yang. Receiving many awards for his achievements, most recently Josh was awarded the Shirley Catterall Prize for excellence.

Currently working and performing across London and England, Josh is excited to play the Elgar Cello Concerto in April 2024, with the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Josh currently plays on Luthier Robin Aitchison’s Montagnana replica Cello and is grateful for the multiple awards he has received towards this.

Josh is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

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Looking forward to an exciting 2024. Especially performing the Elgar Cello concerto with the Gorton Phil this April. Lots of upcoming Petford Duo work in the meantime whilst planning for a busy year!

Delighted to be supported by the Help Musicians UK Postgraduate award as I begin a Masters at Royal Academy of Music in September!


Join us at #Congleton Town Hall tonight at 7.30pm for Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’.

We’re so excited to be back on stage performing with magnificent soloists and a professional orchestra! #concert #tonight #classical #choral

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