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Joe Duddell

Joe Duddell is a composer, arranger and conductor renowned for his

collaborations with bands including New Order, Elbow, Richard Hawley,

Alison Moyet and Daughter.

Joe has always divided his time & passion equally between alternative and

classical music. Shortly after his band Pullover caught 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 Vaporise led to

a publishing contract with Schott Music in 2000. After being youngest

composer ever to be commissioned to write for the BBC Proms in 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 Shadowplay for 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 the Presteigne Festival, which has also

commissioned a number of works including Mnemonic in 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 Hallé. 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

Philharmonic at The MEN Arena in aid of the charity Versus Cancer.

In 2011 Joe was commissioned by The BBC Philharmonic to collaborate

with drum and bass / dubstep pioneers Nero. On 6 June the first

performance of ‘Dubstep Symphony’ broadcast 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

Choir in 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 Glennie played Ruby at Cheltenham Festival.

2012 saw Joe’s arrangement of ‘Walls’ with Rae Morris re-recorded by

Burberry and 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 6 to write two new string quartet sets

with Tim Burgess from The Charlatans and Rae Morris performed in

September in Portmeirion, Wales. On the classical front BBC Philharmonic 

performed 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 Order at their Jodrell Bank gig in July. The same month

he conducted The Steve Martland Band at Manchester International

Festival in a special celebration performance for his former mentor and

great friend who passed away in May 2013. In September Joe returned to

Festival Number 6 as Composer-in-Residence collaborating with 6 artists -

Daughter, Cathal Smyth, Jackie Oates, Rhodes, Jake Evans and Mike


2014 saw a busy start to the year with a studio recording with Daughter and

a 10 piece ensemble for 4AD Sessions. in March Joe & Mike Garry 

appeared at Carnegie Hall, New York at the invitation of Bernard Sumner 

and Philip Glass as part of the Tibet House US Annual Fundraiser. June

saw another one-off St Anthony performance with Stephen Morris and

Gillian Gilbert from New Order guesting at Barnaby Festival. After

appearing with Daughter at Somerset House Summer Series in July Joe

returned to Festival Number 6 as Composer-in-Residence collaborating

with Temples, Steve Mason, East India Youth and Nadine Shah - with

Thomas Gould as guest. Shortly afterwards he orchestrated Clean Bandit &

the BBC Philharmonic for BBC Radio 1.

2015 saw a new relationship with Burberry with Joe orchestrating and

conducting two major fashion shows featuring live orchestra. The July

menswear show featured Rhodes and a 24 piece orchestra, the October

womenswear show featured Alison Moyet and a 32 piece orchestra, with

chamber arrangements of her hits Only You and All Cried Out. In April Joe

arranged and recorded strings with Manchester Camerata for New Order's

celebrated album Music Complete. His arrangements feature on 5 tracks

including Stray Dog with iggy Pop guesting on vocals. He then went on to

write string and brass arrangements for Steve Mason's new album

produced by Craig Potter recorded at Blueprint Studios. In July Joe

travelled to Chicago for a collaboration with Active Child and the Chicago

Youth Symphony Orchestra at Chicago Millenium Park. In August he

released St Anthony: An Ode To Anthony H Wilson with Mancunian poet

Mike Garry - which debuted at No. 1 in the UK Official Charts for physical

sales. The video featured likes of Bernard, Stephen & Gillian from New

Order, Steve Coogan, Christopher Ecclestone, Iggy Pop and Philip Glass,

with Andrew Weatherall creating a 12 inch remix. St Anthony was in aid of

The Christie Charitable Trust in memory of Tony Wilson. September saw

Joe return to Festival No. 6 collaborating with Gaz Coombes, Jane Weaver,

James and Rae Morris.

In June 2016 Joe was asked to arrange and conduct 2 shows with New

Order for their Vivid Festival  appearances at Sydney Opera House 

performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He orchestrated Bowie

Reimagined for Festival No. 6 with all female vocalists line up comprising of

Charlotte Church, Nadine Shah, Jacqui Abbott and Jane Weaver. The set

was performed by Manchester Camerata, featuring Larry Gott, Nathan

Sudders, Dave Maric and Pete Marshall  the band. He alsoreturned to

Portmeirion Town Hall with 3 new sets with the No. 6 Ensemble and

Charlotte Church, Blossoms and Nadine Shah. Joe recently announced a

January show with Steve Mason and classical ensemble at The Barbican in

London, performing a full career retrospective.

Joe Duddell is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.