Joe Waggott – Director, Harpsichord & Organ

Joe Waggott is a graduate of the MMus programme at the Royal Academy of Music, studying harpsichord with Carole Cerasi and continuo with Terrence Charlston. Prior to this he studied organ at Birmingham Conservatoire under Henry Fairs. Joe has performed widely as a continuo player; previous performances have included playing with Ex Cathedra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham; the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Soloists in New York, Boston and Leipzig under Masaki Suzuki, at Wigmore Hall and in Copenhagen, under Rachel Podger and the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas series. He has also played with some of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, including the Southern Sinfonia and the English Symphony Orchestra. Also active as an organist he has been involved with several premier recordings of new works, including music by Jonathan Dove and a disc of music by American composer Carson Cooman, as well as solo performances such as Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with Birmingham Festival Orchestra. Joe is a prize winning holder of the Associateship Diploma from the Royal College of Organists, a first prize winner of the Royal Academy’s Nancy Nutall Early Music Prize and a recipient of the John Campbell prize from Birmingham Conservatoire. He is currently Organist to Forest School, Snaresbrook.

Aside from keyboard instruments Joe is also experienced as a countertenor. He has been a member of Genesis Sixteen – The Sixteen’s young artists scheme – and held a choral scholarship at Birmingham Cathedral while a student there.