THE musical skills of Joseph Cullen are well known in Huddersfield thanks to his work as chorus master with Huddersfield Choral Society.
On Sunday, Joseph steps out into the spotlight as a soloist to give a recital at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, New North Road.
His recital is at 3.30pm and is the latest in a short series of organ recitals arranged to mark the installation of the new Skrabl pipe organ in the church.
Joseph will play pieces by Bach, Alain, de Grigny, Franck, Jan of Lublin and Vierne.
Admission is free and the remaining date for this inaugural season is Friday March 26 at 1pm, when the recitalist will be Graham Cummings.
Joseph Cullen is a double Grammy award winning conductor, composer and recitalist. He is one of the country’s leading choral conductors and his work with both Huddersfield Choral Society and with the London Symphony Chorus has brought him much acclaim.
Last month, he was awarded his second Grammy award, this time for his choral direction in the LSO’s recording of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd on the LSO Live label.
He has also received critical acclaim for his recently released CD of Stainer's Crucifixion with the Huddersfield Choral Society on the Signum label.
Joseph was born in Glasgow and was educated by Jesuits.
He won a scholarship at the age of nine to study violin and piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and completed one year full-time there before reading music at Cambridge University where he was organ scholar of Trinity College. Joseph makes his debut with the Northern Sinfonia this year directing a baroque orchestral programme and has just directed the City of London Sinfonia in a series of concerts.
He also maintains a national profile as an organist and a continuo player.