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Mr Joseph Bolger
Mr Joseph Bolger

Ph.D. Musicology, King's College London (due to complete September 2019)
MA Opera, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2013)
MMus Vocal Studies, Royal Academy of Music (2011)
BA (hons) Music, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Instruments: Voice
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Learn with Peterborough's most qualified voice coach!

'Best of the bunch was countertenor Joseph Bolger, whose Erbarme dich was compelling, its long lines gorgeously sculpted.' (Flora Willson, The Guardian, April 2017)

I am a singer and educator with a passionate commitment to vocal experimentation.

As an operatic countertenor I have sung principal and cover roles for companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, New Chamber Opera, Armonico Consort, Ensemble Serse, Opera Settecento, Northern Opera Group and The Doha Baroque Ensemble in Qatar. I have also appeared as a soloist at major festivals, including the London Handel Festival, The Brighton Early Music Festival and the Lake District Summer Music Festival.

As a non-classical performer, you will find me gigging in the Peterborough area with alt-rock band Polypin and creating experimental electroacoustic and pop music with voices, guitars an assorted electronics. These activities reflect my passionate commitment to cross-genre experimentation and expanding the expressive potential of my singing, playing and composing.

In both my one-to-one teaching and choir training I take person-centred approach which seeks to meet individuals and groups on their terms. I have taught plucky eight-year-olds, ambitious millennials, committed professionals and passionate OAPs. I have trained cathedral choristers, conservatoire students and the full spectrum of amateur choral singers. The diversity of my performance experience and vocal skills makes me ideally suited for the teaching of all genres, from opera right through contemporary rock and pop. I have benefitted from learning and professional development with leading pedagogues including Janice Chapman, Paul Farrington, Colin Baldy and Dane Chalfin.

From 2015-2018 I taught as Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice at Leeds College of Music, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and directing the College Chamber Choir. I have also taught one-to-one sessions and masterclasses at King’s College London, where I am currently completing my Ph.D. Since September 2018 I have taught the choristers, choral scholars and lay clerks of Peterborough Cathedral Choir, taking individual and group sessions and leading occasional chorister practices.

Contact Joseph

Address: Peterborough
Mobile: 07552982842
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00

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