Joe Duddell has always divided his time & passion equally between alternative and classical music. Shortly after his band Pullovercaught the eye of hip label Fierce Panda, he went to study composition with Steve Martland who was the only composer to be exclusively signed to Factory Records – at the Royal Academy of Music.
Three BBC commissions Parrellel Lines, The Realside and Vaporiseled to a publishing contract with Schott Musicin 2000. After being youngest composer ever to be commissioned to write for the BBC Promsin 2000, Joe was commissioned again in 2003 to write Ruby, a concerto for the percussionist Colin Currie, which was immediately repeated at the 2004 BBC Young Musician Of The Year. Joe went on to write 3 further works specifically for Colin, including Snowblind, which has toured Scotland, Europe and Canada, and Freaky Dancer, which toured across the USA with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
Joe’s cello concerto Shadowplayfor Thomas Carroll and Sinfonia ViVA! which was also premiered in 2003 and repeated at the Lichfield Festival, where Joe was composer-in-residence in 2003. He has since been composer-in-residence at thePresteigne Festival, which has also commissioned a number of works including Mnemonicin 2004.
In 2009 Joe’s love of alternative music came back into play when he was asked by Manchester International Festival to orchestrate and conduct Elbow & The Halle. This now legendary collaboration at The Bridgewater Hall received unprecedented critical acclaim across the board. An immediate commission followed to orchestrate songs for James & The BBC Philharmonicat The MEN Arena in aid of the charity Versus Cancer, which also featured Peter Hook from Joy Division.
In 2011 Joe was commissioned by The BBC Philharmonicto collaborate with drum and bass / dubstep pioneers Nero. On 6 June the first performance of ‘Dubstep Symphony’ roadcast live on Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, with a worldwide web simulcast on 1Xtra. The same year he worked Jimi Goodwin (Doves)on a score for Ghosts of Gone Birds and toured with James, Orchestra of the Swan and The Manchester Consort Choirin a 10 date symphony hall tour which culminated at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th November 2011. On the classical
side he was commisioned by Prestigne Festival to write a Magnificat for organ & choir, performed by The Choir of Royal Holloway and recorded for broadcast on Radio 3, and Evelyn Glennieplayed Ruby at Cheltenham Festival.
2012 saw Joe’s arrangement of ‘Walls’ with Rae Morrisre-recorded by Burberryand used in their Prorsum Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012 launch, and another major symphony orchestra collaboration - Richard Hawley & BBC Philharmonic- broadcast live on BBC6Music. He was also commissioned by Festival Number 6to write two new string quartet sets
with Tim Burgessfrom The Charlatans and Rae Morris performed in September in Portmeirion, Wales. On the classical front BBC Philharmonicperformed Azelea Fragments, a concerto for orchestra broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
In June 2013 Joe announced a new collaboration with Manchester poet MIke Garry. Their promo recording of St Anthony(an ode to Tony Wilson) was played by New Orderat their Jodrell Bank gig in July. The same month he conducted The Steve Martland Bandat Manchester International Festivalin a special celebration performance for his former mentor and
great friend who passed away in May 2013. In September Joe returned to Festival Number 6as Composer-in-Residence collaborating with 6 artists - Daughter, Cathal Smyth, Jackie Oates, Rhodes, Jake Evansand Mike Garry.
2014 saw a busy start to the year with a major studio recording with Daughterand a 10 piece ensemble for 4AD Sessions. in March Joe & Mike Garryappeared at Carnegie Hall, New York at the invitation of Bernard Sumnerand Philip Glassas part of the Tibet House USAnnual Fundraiser. June saw another one-off St Anthony performance with Stephen Morrisand Gillian Gilbert from New Order guesting at Barnaby Festival. After appearing with Daughter at Somerset House Summer Seriesin July Joe return to Festival Number 6as Composer-in-Residence in September collaborating with Temples, Steve Mason, East India Youthand Nadine Shah. Thomas Gouldviolinist will join the ensemble as guest solist.
Joe Duddell is Professor of Music at Bath Spa Universityand an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
A ballerina in a music box has a secret life. Although she appears to behave normally, when the lid is closed she has a life of her own. The combination of vibraphone and guitar quartet depict this scene with ravishing sonority.This is the third work Duddell has written for the percussionist Colin Currie, who gave the premiere with the Los Angeles Guitar...
Ruby was commissioned for the 2003 BBC Proms and was also played by the finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004. It was written in close collaboration with Colin Currie, its dedicatee and original soloist, and the percussion writing is musically subtle whilst stretching the soloists technique to the limit. Duddell beholds to abstract...