Joe Duddell (b.1972) is a British composer, arranger and conductor renowned for his collaborations with artists such as New
Order, Elbow, Richard Hawley and Daughter.
Joe studied composition with Steve Martland at Salford University and Royal Academy of Music in London. He was quickly
signed by prestigious classical publisher Schott Music, and in 2000 was the youngest composer [at the time] to receive a
BBC Proms commission. His classical works have been performed around the world, most recently recording with London
Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.
Joe started collaborating with bands with the now infamous Elbow & The Hallé for Manchester International Festival in 2009.
This was quickly followed by collaborations with Nero and Richard Hawley with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for BBC
Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music respectively, and a 10 date orchestral tour culminating at Royal Albert Hall with indie band James.
Joe was appointed Composer-in-Residence for Festival No. 6 in 2011, creating the UK’s first pop festival residency. Over the
past 6 years he has created over 20 one-off sets with a range of artists including Daughter, Gaz Coombes, Blossoms, Simon
Aldred, Palace, Nadine Shah, Charlotte Church, Rae Morris, Tim Burgess and East India Youth, all performed to an intimate
audience of just 120 people. His collaboration with Steve Mason led to a 2 hour a career retrospective at The Barbican with
12 piece ensemble and gospel singers, and his set with Daughter was recorded at Air Studios for 4AD Sessions. Joe is also
an arranger for Burberry creating bespoke soundscapes for their prestigious catwalk shows, collaborating with both Alison
Moyet and Rhodes.
In 2015 Joe was invited by composer Philip Glass and Bernard Sumner to perform ‘St Anthony’ his eulogy to Tony Wilson at
the Tibet House Annual Fundraiser at Carnegie Hall. He went on to write strings for New Order’s album Music Complete, and
orchestrated 2 special shows for the band with Australian Chamber Orchestra at Sydney Opera House for Vivid Festival. In
2017 the band invited Joe to orchestrate and conduct their collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick and a 12 piece
synthesiser orchestra for Manchester International Festival.
In 2017 Joe started a new writing partnership with composer/producer Lex Shellard. Inhabiting an ambient soundworld Drift
Chamber create a mix of classical and electronic soundscapes, set to a backdrop of original and vintage film footage.
Joe is an accomplished lecturer in classical composition and former Associate Professor of Music at Bath Spa University. He
now presents guest lectures on the academic circuit, delivering both classical composition and pop collaboration seminars.
Joe is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a board director of Manchester Camerata.
***** The Guardian
“Earns the very rare honour of a standing ovation after only the first half”
***** The Guardian
“Intensely emotional scenes as New Order revisit their back catalogue on a grand scale with synth orchestra”
**** The Telegraph
"His arrangements are deeply sympathetic, keeping the character of each song”
**** The Independent
“Opening with an astonishing 11 min reworking…which switched between dissonant and dreamy”
**** The Guardian
“Glorious arrangements make for a moving retrospective”