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Feb 2019

Joe's new album 'Pulse Nocturnes by Drift Chamber is released on Fri 22nd Feb. Drift

Chamber is Joe's writing partnership with composer/producer Lex Shellard combining

ambient classical with electronic soundscapes.

Buy CD here

Download on itunes here

Listen on Spotify here

Feb 2019

The album launch for Drift Chamber 'Pulse Nocturnes' is at St Stephen's Church, Exeter on

Sat 23rd February. Tickets are £8 and available from Exeter Phoenix

Jan 2019

Joe is heading to Carnegie Hall with Bernard, Tom an Phil from New Order to perform at

the 32nd Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US on Thurs 8th February. Other artists

performing include Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson, John Batiste, Stephen Colbert, Jason

Isbell, Angelique Kidjo and Tenzen Choegyal.

Oct 2018

Joe's composition 'Catch' features on the new album 'Scene Of The Crime' by Hakan

Hardenberger and Colin Currie. Released on Colin Currie Records. Pre-order here

Sep 2018

Sky Arts are to broadcast a documentary about New Order's collaboration with Liam Gillick,

Joe and a synth orchestra. Part documentary an part concert Decades airs on 22nd Sept,

directed by Mike Christie. Watch the trailer here

Sep 2018

Joe's Northern Soul an Motown show is returning to Bridgewater Hall on Friday 3rd

November. Ticket on ale via See Tickets, Gigs & Tours and the Brigewater Hall.

May 2018

Joe has announced six new collaborations for his residency at Festival No. 6 in

September. The Charlatans, Everything Everything, ShadowParty,Drift Chamber & Fenne

Lily will each perform a new reworked set, performed for the first time with the No. 6

Ensemble in the magical setting of Portmeirion Town Hall. The festival takes place 6/7/8/9

September in Portmeirion Wales. Tickets here

April 2018

The Slow Readers Club have released their live performance with Joe & the No. 6

Ensemble at Festival No.6 on limited edition white vinyl and CD. Track listing: 1. Cavalcade

2. Block Out The Sun 3. Frozen 4. Follow Me Down 5. Secrets 6. Know The Day Will Come

Buy CD here White vinyl here

Listen to Cavalcade here Watch video of Block Out The Sun here

April 2018

Joe has written and recoded the string arrangements for ShadowParty, a new venture from

Tom Chapman & Phil Cunningham from New Order and Josh Hagar & Jeff Freidl from

Devo. The album also features contributions from The Verve guitarist Nick McCabe and

singer Denise Johnson is due to be released by Mute Records in summer 2018.

April 2018

Joe's Northern Soul and Motown show with Manchester Camerata Orchestra will be

performing at the Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington on Sunday 7 May. Tickets are

already sold out.

March 2018

James and Joe have made a special video of Sit Down to help launch the 2018 Musicians

Against Homelessness campaign. The video was filmed in Albert Hall Manchester and

features Tim and Mark from the band and a string quartet arranged by Joe. Watch the video


Feb 2018

∑(No,12k,Lg,18Wfw) New Order + Liam Gillick So It Goes...

Vienna dates announced for Joe's show with New Order featuring a 12 piece synthesiser

ensemble from RNCM, which premiered at Manchester International Festival

12 & 13 May at Weiner Festwochen. Tickets on sale now here

∑(No,12k,Lg,18Ogr) New Order + Liam Gillick So It Goes...

Tickets for Turin - 5 May at OGR Torino are on sale Mon 19th Feb. Buy here

Feb 2018

Joe returns to Festival No. 6 in Sept 2018 for his 7th year as Composer-in-Residence. He'll

be bringing a new Northern Soul & Motown set with Manchester Camerata Orchestra to the

main stage as well as creating some special, one-off collaborations artists playing the

festival with the No. 6 Ensemble. Tickets here

Jan 2018

Joe's collaborations for Burberry with Alison Moyet and Rhodes are featured in a new

Burberry Apple playlist, curated by Christopher Bailey.

"A new playlist celebrating 17 years of unforgettable music, artists and Burberry Acoustic

performances that have defined some of our most memorable Burberry moments. Listen to

our 17 Years of Soundtracks playlist now here"

Dec 2017

Joe and The Slow Readers Club have shared an audio recording from their set at Festival

No. 6. The song 'Cavlacade' is performed with 8 piece classical ensemble in Portmeirion

Town Hall, part of Joe's Composer-in-Residence program. Listen here

Dec 2017

Joe will be creating a special set with James and a string quartet for the bands benefit

show at Albert Hall Manchester on 18 Dec in aid of the 'We Love Manchester Emergency

Fund'. Tickets are sold out.

Nov 2017

Joe has announced a new show with Manchester Camerata - an evening of Motown and

Northern Soul Classics. The show, with live orchestra and singers, takes place at

Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Fri 30th March. Tickets here

Oct 2017

A song from Joe's set with Palace and the No. 6 Ensemble is featured in a Sky Arts Festival

No. 6 Special, to be broadcast at pm on 8th Oct on. Watch the performance of 'Someday

Somewhere' with a 8 piece classical ensemble here

Sep 2017

Joe is doing a special opening party show with Blossoms and RNCM Ensemble for

Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester on Sat 7th Oct. Tickets here

Sep 2017

Joe has written a new piece for Håkan Hardenberger and Colin Currie to be premiered at

Britten Studio, Snape Maltings on Sat 11th Nov. Tickets and information about the wider

programme here

Sep 2017

Joe will be creating a special headline show for the Festival No. 6 Central Piazza stage

with Cherry Ghost front man Simon Aldred. The one-off set will take place on Sunday 10th

at 8.15pm, featuring songs from Simon's back catalogue, re-imagined with a classical

ensemble by Joe.

Sep 2017

Joe returns to Festival No. 6 for his 6th year as Composer-in-Residence. This year he will

be collaborating with 6 acts, all performing with the No. 6 Ensemble in the intimate setting

of Portmeirion Town Hall. Set times below:

Palace - 16.00 to 16.30 Sat

Island - 19.15 to 19.45 Sat

The Slow Readers Club - 21.00 to 21.30 Sat

Dutch Uncles - 14.15 to 14.45 Sun

Drift Chamber - 15.00 to 15.30 Sun

Klara - 16.00 to 16.15 Sun

Aug 2017

Joe has announced a new writing partnership with composer / producer Lex Shellard. Drift

Chamber create an intoxicating mix of ambient classical and electronic soundscapes,

performed against a backdrop of original and vintage film footage. Their first live

performance is at Exeter Phoenix on 1st August as part of Exposure Exeter for BBC Radio

3 Exposure, presented by Verity Sharp. Excerpts of the show will be broadcast on 31st


Jul 2017

Joe has premiered a new composition called 'Blindness & Light' at a special remembrance

concert for Tony Wilson at MIF. Co-commissioned by Hull City of Culture the 6'30 piece

was performed by Manchester Camerata and Dave Maric. "I once heard that Tony Wilson

always dreamt of hearing an orchestral version of Atmosphere. So I've composed this new

work for piano and strings and limited myself to score using only the notes contained in the

original composition. It's an original work but with an intentional sonic resonance


Jul 2017

5 star reviews for New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes at Manchester International Festival

***** (5 stars) The Guardian

"There are intensely emotional scenes as New Order revisit their back catalogue on a

grand scale with synth orchestra, airing songs not heard for 30 years plus rapturously

received tributes to the band’s fated predecessor, Joy Division"

[read more]

Mar 2017

Blossoms are releasing their performance with Joe & the No. 6 Ensemble at Festival No. 6

on limited edition 10 inch vinyl for Record Store Day UK 2017. Recorded live in

Portmeirion Town Hall the EP consists of five tracks: Getaway, My Favourite Room, Blown

Rose, Deep Grass, Charlemagne. Available on 22nd April in participating independent

record stores.

Mar 2017

Joe has co-written the title track from a new album by Alison Moyet. 'Other' is available for

immediate download when you pre-order the album here. Watch the video to 'Other'

directed by Steve Gillick Photography here

Mar 2017

Joe is writing a new commission for 'Substance - in Remembrance of Tony Wilson' - a

special evening at Manchester International Festival celebrating the legacy of Tony Wilson

and Factory Records. Taking place in the Festival Square on Mon 10 July the event is

currently sold out. More information here

Mar 2017

Joe has been commissioned to arrange and conduct ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order +

Liam Gillick for Manchester International Festival. All 5 shows are currently sold out. More

information about the shows and ticket updates here

"New Order take over Stage 1 of Manchester’s iconic Old Granada Studios for this special

series of intimate shows, created in collaboration with two close associates: visual artist

Liam Gillick, who has previously presented solo exhibitions at venues such as Tate Britain

and MoMA in New York; and composer-arranger Joe Duddell, a fellow son of Manchester

and a frequent collaborator with the band.

For New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.., the group will be deconstructing, rethinking and

rebuilding a wealth of material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and

new. To perform it live, they’ll be joined by a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble from the

Royal Northern College of Music, with Joe Duddell providing the orchestrations.

Inspired by this reinvention of the band’s catalogue, Liam Gillick will be transforming the

historic Stage 1 into an immersive environment, creating a stage set that reacts

dynamically to the music. MIF17 – so it goes…"

Feb 2017

Joe is taking his Town Hall Sessions from Festival No. 6 to Tate Britain on Fri 3rd March.

Part of a special one-night festival 'Festival No. 6 x Tate' will include performances from Joe

& the No. 6 Ensemble performing special sets with Blossoms and Charlotte Church. More

information and tickets here

Feb 2017

Joe will be writing string arrangements for Bernard Sumner and Iggy Pop for the Tibet

House Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York. The concert which will also

celebrate Philip Glass' 80th birthday takes place on Thurs 16th March and features

Bernard, Tom & Phil from New Order, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Ben Harper,

Alabama Shakes & Sufjan Stevens

Sep 2015

Joe has announced a one-off show with Steve Mason at the Barbican in London on Friday

27th January. The specially commissioned career retrospective will explore Steve's back

catalogue from King Biscuit Time to the Beta Band to his 3 solo albums (including Meet

The Humans) and feature Steve's band with classical ensemble comprising string quartet,

6 piece brass section, percussion and gospel singers. Tickets are priced £15 - £25 (+

booking fee) available here

Sep 2015

Set times for Festival No. 6:

Charlotte Church with Joe Duddell & the No. 6 Ensemble  - Fri 2nd Sep, 8pm, Town Hall

Nadine Shah with Joe Duddell & the No. 6 Ensemble  - Sat 3rd Sep, 8pm, Town Hall

Blossoms with Joe Duddell & the No. 6 Ensemble - Sat 3rd Sep, 9.15pm, Town Hall

Bowie Reimagined with Joe Duddell & Manchester Camerata - Sun 4th Sep, 5.50pm Main


Aug 2015

Artists for Joe's residency at Festival No. 6 have been announced. This year he wlll be

creating one-off sets with Charlotte Church, Nadine Shah and Blossoms, accompanied by

the No. 6 Ensemble.

Aug 2015

Collaborators for Joe's orchestral tribute to David Bowie - Bowie Reimagined - have been

announced. The all female set will feature vocalists Charlotte Church, Jacqui Abbott, Jane

Weaver and Nadine Shah accompanied by Manchester Camerata featuring Larry Gott

(James) on guitar, Nathan Sudders (The Whip / Guy Garvey) on bass, Dave Maric (Steve

Martland band) on piano and Pete Marshall (Paul Heaton) on drums. Read more here

Jun 2016

"The first of two concerts with the Australian Chamber Orchestra reach euphoric

heights." (4 stars ****)

The Guardian review of New Order with Joe Duddell & ACO at Sydney Opera House for

Vivid Sydney here.

Jun 2016

"A win for the band, orchestra and audience... A rarity to be celebrated"

Sydney Morning Herald review of New Order with Joe Duddell & ACO at Sydney Opera

House for Vivid Sydney here.

Mar 2015

Read Joe's contribution to Singularity: The Influence Of New Order here

"...my interest in song writing, in harmony (how could they do so much with 2 chords?) and

in drums pretty much all stem from them in some way"

Mar 2015

Read ACO's blog about their collaboration with New Order & Joe here

Mar 2015

Joe will be joining New Order and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for two exclusive

performances at Sydney Opera House for VividLIVE in June. This world-first collaboration

takes place on 2 and 4 June and will be the band's first performance with a live orchestra.

Arranged and conducted by Joe Duddell, tickets go on sale on 23 March here

Feb 2015

Joe has written string and brass arrangements for Steve Mason's new album 'Meet The

Humans'. Recorded at Blueprint Studios in Salford and produced by Craig Potter (Elbow)

the album is out on 26 February. Buy here

Feb 2015

Joe will be returning to Festival No. 6 in September with a special main stage performance.

"In a world first, the festival has commissioned No.6 composer-in-residence Joe Duddell to

work with the Manchester Camerata chamber orchestra on an exclusive David Bowie

Reimagined performance. This exclusive work will feature arrangements of iconic songs

from across Bowie’s career, with very special guests on each song, in what promises to be

one of the highlights of this year festival season."

Jan 2015

Joe joined Gaz Coombes with a classical ensemble for a surprise performance for Gaz's 'In

The Round' performance at The Roundhouse London on Jan 28th. The set featured 8

songs and an encore performance of '5 years' in tribute to David Bowie.

Nov 2015

Joe joined Alison Moyet at the British Fashion Awards on 18 Nov for a reprise of their

celebrated Burberry performance in September. Alison performed 'Only You' with a small

ensemble whilst a catwalk show of the fashion year took place.

Oct 2015

Joe joined Stuart Maconie on his Freak Zone special about the new Steve Martland album.

Listen to tracks and Joe talking about the influence of his mentor and his outstanding

contribution to the development of young composers here

Sept 2015

Alison Moyet tracks from her Burberry show (arranged and conducted by Joe) are now

available on i-tunes. The EP contains 4 live tracks - Performed with a 32 piece orchestra,

arranged and conducted by Joe. Download here

Track listing: Only You, Whispering Your Name, When I Was Your Girl, All Cried Out.

Sept 2015

Burberry have shared a highlights video from Joe's show with Alison Moyet for London

Fashion Week. Watch it here Watch the full show here

Sept 2015

Music Complete by New Order is released tomorrow. The album features guest vocals from

Iggy Pop, Brandon Flowers and La Roux, with string arrangements written by Joe. Live

strings from Manchester Camerata were recorded at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester,

engineered by George Atkins. Available as a 6 piece coloured vinyl boxset, 12 inch clear

vinyl, CD and downloads here

Aug 2015

St Anthony - An Ode to Anthony H Wilson is no. 1 in 3 Official UK Charts. Thanks to

everyone for your support.

No 1. UK Singles - Physical Sales

No 1. UK Singles - Vinyl Sales

No 1. UK Singles - Breakthrough Single

Aug 2015

Joe has added an extra act to his Town Hall residency at Festival no. 6. Old friends Tim,

Jim & Saul from James (who Joe worked with back in 2011 on their celebrated orchestra

tour) will be joining the No. 6 Ensemble for a special one-off set.

Aug 2015

Artists from the St Anthony video have shared a series of personal stories about Tony

Wilson. Includes stories from Peter Saville, Richard Madeley, Shaun Ryder, Rowetta,

Christopher Ecclestone, Miranda Sawyer, Marc Riley, Elliot Rashman, John Bramwell,

John Robb, Johnny Jay, Mark Radcliffe, Paul Morely and Andrew Weatherall. Watch all the

videos here

Aug 2015

Remix legend Andrew Weatherall has done a 12 inch remix of St Anthony. In addition to

the 9 minute track being available on both the CD and vinyl, students from Salford

University's BA Graphic Designs course have also recut the video, adding a host of extra

shots and video effects. Watch St Anthony (Andrew Weatherall Remix) here

Aug 2015

Watch an interview with Mike Garry and Joe about the St Anthony project here

Aug 2015

The St Anthony website is now live. Designed by Retrofuzz it features an embedded video

with lyrics & link to mobile so viewers can explore content and find out more about the

references to Tony's life made in Mike's poem. There is also a shop, contributor interviews

and a host of background information. Visit the St Anthony website here

Aug 2015

Presenting St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson by Mike Garry & Joe Duddell. The

video watch here (made by Soup Collective) features contributions from Bernard, Stephen

& Gillian from New Order, Iggy Pop, Steve Coogan, Peter Saville, Christopher Ecclestone,

Philip Glass, Vini Reilly, Richard Madeley, John Cooper Clarke, Rowetta, Mark Radcliffe,

Paul Morely, Mike Pickering, Miranda Sawyer, John Robb, Terry Christian, Andrew

Weatherall, Elliot Rashamn, Johnny J, Leroy Richardson, John Bramwell, Larry Gott and

Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Aug 2015

St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson is released on Skinny Dog Records on 14th Aug.

Mike Garry's celebrated poem has been set to music by Joe, with an arrangement based

on Your Silent Face by New order. Recorded with Cassia String Quartet at Edwin Street

Studios, produced by Phil Bulleyment. Available to pre-order on 12 inch, CD and

downloads.  All profits to the Christie Foundation Trust who cared for Tpony during his

illness. Artwork by Peter Saville Associates. Many thanks to all involved.

BUY Physical - http://saintanthony.tmstor.es

July 2015

Joe has written string arrangements for Music Complete - the new album from New Order

released in September 2015. He recorded 5 tracks with Manchester Camerata in a

4:4:2:2:1 formation at 80 Hertz studios in Manchester back in April.

July 2015

Joe's residency at Festival No. 6 has been announced. This year he'll be collaborating with

Gaz Coombes, Rae Morris, Edwyn Collins and Jane Weaver. They will be performing with

the No. 6 Ensemble in Portmeirion Town Hall 4/5/6 September.

June 2015

Joe has orchestrated a 15 song set for LA musician Pat Grossi who performs under the

name of Active Child. The first performance will be at Millenium Park in Chicago on 22nd

September with the award winning Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

June 2015

Joe has orchestrated a special set for Burberry for their S/S16 Menswear Show. The 15

minute show featured UK artist Rhodes and a 24 piece orchestra. Rhodes performed 2

covers (Vienna & I Put A Spell On You) and 2 of his own songs (Breathe & Close To You).

You can watch the full show here or buy the soundtrack here.

May 2015

Joe put on a surprise collaboration with Edwyn Collins for delegates at Liverpool Sound

City. Closing Edwyn's keynote the 3 song set featured a string quartet from Up North

Session Orchestra performing specially written arrangements of Leviathan, Low

Expectations and Forsooth. Edwyn was accompanied on guitar by Carwyn Ellis.

May 2015

The album launch for Cathal Smyth's solo album 'A Comfortable Man' is on 14 May at Bush

Hall in London. Cathal will be performing alongside Joe's 10 piece ensemble and 8 piece

choir. Tickets here

Apr 2015

Joe has written string and brass arrangements for Steve Mason's new album. Craig Potter

from Elbow is producing the album, recording at Blueprint Studios.

Mar 2015

Joe has joined the rosta of arrangers for Up North Session Orchestra

Feb 2015

Cathal Smyth has shared a video of a track from his forthcoming album 'A Comfortable

Man'. String and choir arrangements by Joe.

Watch here

Dec 2014

East India Youth will be performing his collaboration with Joe from Festival No. 6 at Queen

Elizabeth Hall on 3rd Dec, supporting Owen Pallett. The ensemble will be led by Thomas


Dec 2014

Temples have invited Joe and the Festival No. 6 Ensemble to perform with them at their

gigs at The Forum in London on 3rd Dec and The Ritz in Manchester on 6th Dec. Tickets


Dec 2014

Clean Bandit have released their collaboration with Joe and the BBC Philharmonic on a

new deluxe version of their album New Eyes. The 45 minute recording is in 4 movements

and features guest vocals from Rae Morris, Elisa Shaddad, Jesse Glynne and Love Seega.

Oct 2014

Joe will be joining Cathal Smyth (Chas Smash from Madness) at Wiltons Music Hall in

London on 8th, 9th & 10th October. Now a fully realised set Cathal wil be performing with a

10 piece ensemble and 8 piece choir, arrangements by Joe. Tickets here

Oct 2014

Joe's collaboration with Richard Hawley and BBC Philharmonic is back on iplayer for a

short while. Listen again here

Sep 2014

Photos from Festival No. 6 - East India Youth with Joe Duddell & the No. 6 Ensemble. View

photo album here

Sep 2014

Photos from Festival No. 6 - Temples with Joe Duddell & the No. 6 Ensemble. View photo

album here

Sep 2014

Photos from Festival No. 6 - Steve Mason with Joe Duddell & the No. 6 Ensemble. View

photo album

Sep 2014

Photos from Festival No. 6 - Nadine Shah with Joe Duddell & the No. 6 Ensemble. View

photo album here

Sep 2014

Joe's collaboration with Clean Bandit and the BBC Philharmonic is now on you tube.

Watch here

Aug 2014

Joe is back working with BBC Philharmonic orchestra on a new collaboration with Clean

Bandit. The performance will be broadcast live from the BBC Phil's studio in Salford on

BBC Radio 1 on Weds 10th September, available on red button from 8pm. The

performance forms part of a series of collaborations with various bands and the BBC Radio


Aug 2014

Joe's collaboration with Temples at Festival Number 6 has moved to the main stage on the


Aug 2014

Q Magazine have put Joe's Town Hall Sessions in the top three things to see at this year's

Festival Number 6. Read the article here

Aug 2014

Joe is back as Composer-in-Residence at Festival Number 6. This year he will be

collaborating with Temples, Steve Mason, East India Youth, Nadine Shah and Mike Garry.

Joining the ensemble is Thomas Gould as guest soloist, with the ensemble playing some

Glass & Ravel classical slots too.

July 2014

Joe and a 10 piece classical ensemble reunite with Daughter for a live performance of

some of their 4AD session tracks at Daughter's Somerset House gig in London on 10th

July 2014

June 2014

Q&A for Drowned In Sound planet gear series. Joe & Olga Fitzroy talk about the technical

side of recording the 4AD Session with Daughter at Air Studios. Read here

June 2014

Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert of New Order join Joe & Mike Garry on stage at Barnaby

Festival in Macclesfield for a one-off performance of St Anthony

May 2014

Joe has done a Q&A over on Daughter's website about their collaboration at Air Studios

with a 10 piece classical ensemble. Read it here

May 2014

Joe has been in the studio with Cathal Smyth (aka Chas Smash from Madness) recording

string arrangements & choir parts for Cathal's forthcoming solo album 'A Comfortable Man'.

Apr 2014

Curated by Stephen Morris of New Order, Joe has been invited to play Barnaby Festival -

collaboration sets with Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Jake Evans & performance poet

Mike Garry. 'Tim Burgess' Acoustic Sanctuary' takes place in Macclesfield's Christ Church

on Sun 22 June, tickets are £18 and available here

Apr 2014

In conjunction with BBC 6 Music 'Youth' - one of Joe's collaboration tracks with Daughter &

10 piece classical ensemble for 4AD Sessions is available for a limited period as an MP3

download from Lauren Laverne. Get your copy here

Apr 2014

Daughter have released 5 videos (Shallows, Tomorrow, Still, Youth & Amsterdam) on you

tube from their 4AD Session collaboration with Joe and a 10 piece classical ensemble. The

recording is also being released on i-tunes on 15th April

Audio & video downloads here

12 inch vinyl released on 26 May here

Watch the 5 videos here

Feb 2014

Joe and poet Mike Garry have been invited to play the Tibet House Annual Fundraiser at

Carnegie Hall, New York on 11th March 2014. They will be performing St Anthony - an ode

to Anthony H Wilson - accompanied by The Scorchio String Quartet, Bernard Sumner from

New Order and Philip Glass. Also on the bill are Iggy Pop, members of The National, Nico

Muhly and Patti Smith & her band and Techung. Tickets here

Feb 2014

Rhodes will be performing 5 of Joe's arrangements with String Quartet at St Pancreas Old

Church, London for Mahogany Blog on 5 Feb.

Jan 2014

Two of Joe's collaborations fro last year's Festival Number 6 are being performed at The

Deaf Institute, Manchester on Fri 31 Jan - Mike Garry (poet) & Ensemble and Jake Evans &

String Quartet. Tickets are sold out.

Jan 2014

Following their collaboration at Festival Number 6 Joe is at Air Studios in London recording

a 4AD Session with Daughter and a 10 piece ensemble. The band will be releasing more

details about when the recordings will be shared in the near future.

Dec 2013

Joe & Rhodes are track of the day on Q the Music - performing 'Raise Your Love' live at

Portmeirion Town Hall at Festival Number 6. Listen here

Nov 2013

Mahogany Blog have just released this live session with Rhodes on their You Tube

channel. Featuring String Quartet & 4 singers from the London Community Gospel Choir.

Arrangements by Joe. Watch the video here

Oct 2013

Video of Joe's collaboration with Cathal Smyth (aka Chas Smash from Madness) from

Joe's Festival Number 6 residency. The track is 'Goodbye Planet Earth' recorded in

Portmeirion Town Hall. Watch here:


Sep 2013

Joe is one of the curators for Manchester District Music Archive's 'Defining Me - Music

Adventures in Manchester' exhibition which is on at The Lowry from 28 Sep to 23 Feb.

More information here

Sep 2013

Photos from Joe's residency in Portmeirion Town Hall at Festival Number 6 are on his

facebook page now. The albums include behind the scenes rehearsal photos as well as

performance shots with Daughter, Cathal Smyth, Jackie Oates, Jake Evans, Rhodes and

poet Mike Garry. Click to open the facebook page here

Sep 2013

Daughter have announced a competition to win front row seats to their collaboration with

Joe at Festival Number 6. Details here

Aug 2013

Festival Number 6 have announced Joe's artist collaborations for his Composer in

Residence stint at this year's festival. The Town Hall performances in association with Q

Magazine will include collaborations Daughter, Cathal Smyth(Chas Smash from Madness),

Jackie Oates, Rhodes, Jake Evans and Mike Garry. As part of his commitment to classical

music Joe has also programmed Robin Richards from Dutch Uncles who will be revealing

a new contemporary work and two 'Steve Reich In The Afternoon' performances.

Aug 2013

Joe has been announced as Composer In Residence for Festival Number 6 which takes

place in the beautiful setting of Portmeirion, Wales on 13/14/15 Sep. More information here

July 2013

Joe will be joining Stuart Maconie on his BBC6Music Freak Zone show on 14 July to talk

about the late, great Steve Martland and the forthcoming Steve Martland Band

performance at Manchester International Festival.

July 2013

New York Times review of Grace Under Pressure - a 20 minute work for 6 players -

performed as part of MoMA Summergarden Series. Read here

July 3013

Joe has been in the studio with poet Mike Garry. The promo recording of St Anthony - their

ode to Anthony H Wilson - will be played by New Order at thier Jodrell Bank gig.

June 2013

Joe and Tim Burgess will be performing a live session for Mark Riley on BBC 6Music on 25

June at 7pm. Tim will be performing a couple of tracks with String Quartet using Joe's


June 2013

Joe will be joining Tim Burgess for his gig at The Barbican on 23rd June. Also on the bill

are Lamb Chop. As well as writing a new string arrangement for Tim the pair are also

planning a special collaboration with Kurt Wagner. Tickets here

June 2013

Manchester International Festival have announced a special celebration concert

honouring the life and work of composer Steve Martland. The rare performance by The

Steve Martland Band will take place in the Festival Pavilion on 15 July and will be

conducted by Joe. Tickets here

March 2013

Video from Tim Burgess & String Quartet performing Joe's arrangement of Then by The

Charlatans at RNCM. Watch here

Feb 2013

Onyx Brass will be performing 'Still Life' (for Brass quintet) at St Bart's in Brighton on 2nd

March. The concert is part of BFC@Barts.

Feb 2013

Joe will be joining Tim Burgess from The Charlatans for his solo gig at his RNCM gig on 18

Feb. Tim will be performing 3 of Joe's string arrangements performed with Cassia String

Quartet. Tickets here

Jan 2013

Video from Joe's collaboration with Puressence for Music For Cities charity event. The

song 'This Feeling' is accompanied by a 16 piece choir arranged by Joe and performed at

Manchester Cathedral. Watch here

Dec 2012

Video from Joe's collaboration with Jake Evans for Music For Cities charity event. The song

is 'Easy On My Soul' accompanied by String Quartet from Cheetham's School of Music

performed at Manchester Cathedral. Watch here

Dec 2012

Video from Joe's collaboration with Tim Burgess for Music For Cities charity event. The

Charlatan's song is 'A Man Needs To Be Told' accompanied by String Quartet from

Cheetham's School of Music  performed at Manchester Cathedral. Watch here

Oct 2012

Joe will be taking part in a special charity event at Manchester Cathedral on 15 Nov. Music

For Cities will be raising funds for youth community projects with some of the city's most

deprived youngsters. Joe will be writing choral and string arrangements for Jake Evans,

Puressence and Tim Burgess who will be is headlining the gig. Tickets here

Oct 2012

Video from Joe's collaboration with Tim Burgess at Festival Number 6. One of the most

oversubscribed gigs of the weekend 'White' is performed with String Quartet in Portmeirion

Town Hall. Watch here

Oct 2012

Times Higher education article on recent professor appointments at Bath Spa University.

Read it here

Oct 2012

Pleased to announce Joe will be taking up a new academic position as Professor of Music

at Bath Spa University from November. Press release here

Sept 2012

Joe will be joining Rae Morris for two special nights on her first solo tour. They will be

performing their Festival Number 6 set with String Quartet at Matt & Phreds In Manchester

on 25 Sep and Cecil Sharp house in London on 27 Sep.

Sept 2012

Joe will be collaborating with Tim Burgess at this year's Festival Number 6. He'll be writing

3 new string quartet arrangements - a mix of Tim's solo work and classic Charlatan's songs.

More info here

Aug 2012

BBC Philamornic & BBC6 Music have released a short video about the forthcoming

collaboration between Joe, Richard Hawley & BBC Philharmonic orchestra. Watch it here

Aug 2012

Joe will be collaborating with Richard Hawley & BBC Philharmonic in a special one-off

performance - to be broadcast live on 9 Sept on BBC 6Music. Part of the BBC Philharmonic

Presents program Joe will be orchestrating a special 50 minute set with Richard. Apply for

free tickets here

Aug 2012

Joe will be collaborating with Rae Morris at this year's Festival Number 6. They will be

performing a 30 min set in the beautiful setting of the Castell Gardens in Portmeirion. More

info here

May 2012

Joe has been elected to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music which is

awarded to ‘past students who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and

made a significant contribution to it in their particular field.’

March 2012

The BBC Philharmonic are to play and record Joe’s Azelea Fragments at Media City in

Salford which was originally commissioned by the LSO in 2008. The piece will be

broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

February 2012

Burberry are to re-record Joe’s string quartet arrangement for ‘Walls’ with  Rae Morris for

their Burburry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012 Show.

Jan 2012

Mike Joyce has a world exclusive world play of two tracks from the recent ‘An Evening With

James’ tour. The tracks will air on The Radcliffe & Maconey show on BBC 6Music on Jan

2nd between 2 and 4pm. Orchestrations were written by Joe and feature Orchestra of the

Swan & The Manchester Consort Choir. Mike will be playing the orchestral versions of

Alaskan Pipeline & She’s A Star.

November 2012

Joe will be joining Jimi Goodwin and The Ghosts of Gone Birds ensemble on stage on 10th

Nov for a live performance of The Bird Effect at Rich Mix in London. Ghost Night Out is part

of a multimedia exhibition taking place at Rochelle School. Tickets are available from


October 2011

The Bird Effect by Jimi Goodwin for Ghost of Gone Birds is to be broadcast  live on Marc

Riley’s BBC 6Music show on 18 Nov between 7 and 9pm.

September 2011

James have released a viral you-tube video of a new orchestration for their song ‘Top of

the World’ which was filmed during an early workshop for the forthcoming national tour

back in July 2010. The video features The Manchester Consort who will be providing a 16

piece choir for the tour together with a 23 piece ensemble from Orchestra of the Swan.

Watch Top Of The World video here

August 2011

Nero are to release their symphony collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra &

Joe Duddell on the de-luxe version of their debut album Welcome Reality. The track,

available only on i-tunes only, will be available for download from 15 August.

August 2011

Presteigne Festival commission a Magnificat for choir & organ. Performed by the Choir of

Royal Holloway & recorded for broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 ‘Choir’ programme.

July 2011

Dame Evelyn Glennie plays Snowblind at Cheltenham Festival in an all British composer

programme also featuring a premiere by Joe’s former teacher and mentor Steve Martland.

June 2011

James announce a 10 date orchestral tour with Joe Duddell, Orchestra of the Swan and

The Manchester Consort Choir. Joe will be delving into the band’s 20 year back catalogue

to create about 30 new orchestrations. The two-part set will be performed at some of the

UK’s most prestigious classical venues  culminating at The Royal Albert Hall on Nov 4th.

Tickets available from Ticketmaster & Ticketline.

June 2011

Joe is to collaborate with dubstep pioneers Nero in a special commission for The BBC

Philharmonic Presents season celebrating the launch of Media City in Salford. The one-off

performance of ‘Dubstep Symphony’ will be aired live on Zane Lowe on Radio 1 on 6 June

with a worldwide webstream on 1extra.

Watch the performance at The BBC Philharmonic Studios here

June 2011

Joe is to travel to Portugal with James to conduct ‘Orquestra das Beiras’ in a special one-

off performance for the 75th anniversary of Radio Renascenca. The concert taking place

on 6 June at Boavista Football Stadium features 4 new arrangements with a live

webstream on RR.pt.com.

May 2011

Joe is to collaborate with Jimi Goodwin from Doves on a special composition called ‘The

Bird Effect’ written for ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’. The piece will be premiered at Liverpool

School of Art & Design on 12 May. The GOGB Ensemble comprises Jimi Goodwin, Jake

Evans, Joe Roberts & 11 players from RNCM and will be conducted by Joe.

May 2011

Joe is to collaborate with Rae Morris & Mechanical Bride for the launch of The Sharp

Project and opening of 80 Hertz Studios. 4 new arrangements will be recorded with a string

quartet of players from the Hallé Orchestra with a live studio performance to a small invited

audience. Performances will filmed by The Boot Room and shared in HD on vimeo.

Watch the quartet arrangement version of Rae Morris’ ‘Walls’ here

May 2011

The Bliss Trust have awarded Joe a Scholarship for study in the USA at Princeton with

Grammy Award winning composer Steve Mackey.

March 2011

Elbow have decided to start all live tour dates with Joe’s Interlude No.1 from the Hallé

collaboration for MIF from 2009. The piece, composed by Joe, segues into The Birds from

their recent Build a Rocket Boys album.

Jan 2011

Tipping Point have awarded Joe & composer Craig Vear a commission to work on a Digital

Opera about climate change. The piece will include found sound recorded in Antartica

overlaid onto an orchestral score, with visuals created by Soup Collective.

Dec 2010

Manchester indie legends James invited Joe & The Manchester Consort Choir to join them

onstage at MEN Arena for the finale of their 2010 tour. They performed 6 new

arrangements -  Look Away, Tell Her I Said So, Got The Shakes, Dust Motes & Gold Mother

& Sometimes.

Nov 2010

The Reads commissioned 5 string & brass arrangements for their debut album Stories

From The Border - produced by Jim Spencer & recorded at Eve Studios, Stockport. Joe’s

arrangements feature on Nothing Bound, Good Omens, Chunky Truffle & Supersaver


Listen to Nothing Bound here

Nov 2010

Elbow have enlisted the help of Joe to notate choir arrangements for their new album Build

A Rocket Boys. He will be conducting the recordings at Blueprint Studios with The Hallé

Youth Choir.

October 2010

Dame Evelyn Glennie takes Joe’s Snowblind for solo percussion & strings on tour of

Canada with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Far East with the City Chamber

Orchestra of Hong Kong.

August 2010

A new piece ‘All Stars Aligned’ for Violin and Piano commissioned by and premiered at the

Presteigne Festival played by Thomas Gould (Aurora Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia) and

acclaimed pianist Tom Poster.

Nov 2009

Colin Currie is to play Joe’s percussion concerto Ruby with the BBC Philharmonic

Orchestra on Wednesday 25 November. The recording will take place at 7pm in Studio 7 at

the BBC, Oxford Road Manchester and will be broadcast soon on Radio 3. Further details

to follow.

Oct 2009

Joe is to team up with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for Versus Cancer charity gig. He

will be orchestrating and conducting a special acoustic collaboration for legendary

Manchester band James. Joined on stage by members of The BBC Philharmonic

orchestra, and Peter Hook (bassist from Joy Division & New Order) the 40 min set will form

part of the Versus Cancer concert  at MEN arena on 12 December. Tickets available from


Sep 2009

Joe has been invited to sit on ‘In The City’ panel,  speaking alongside Paul Hardcastle and

Helienne Lindvall at the Manchester music conference In the City. The panel, entitled

‘Composing with the artist and for different media’ takes place on Tues 20th October at the

Midland Hotel, Manchester.

July 2009

Elbow and the Hallé gets breathtaking reviews. Joe’s collaboration with two Manchester

giants, Elbow and the Hallé Orchestra, has received widespread critical acclaim across the

board. Described by the band as “the two best nights of our life”, the now legendary

performances took place at the Bridgewater Hall as part of Manchester International


June 2009

The Manchester International Festival has commissioned Joe to orchestrate songs from

Elbow’s back catalogue. Joe will also be conducting the two concerts at the Bridgewater

Hall in July 2009.

June 2009

Joe nominated for The Best of Manchester Awards 2009. These annual art, music and

fashion awards spotlight the boundary-breaking, genre defying kind of work for which

Manchester has long been renowned. This year’s music awards are to be judged by a

panel of industry experts that includes Carline Elleray, Head of A&R at Universal and Luke

Bainbridge, Deputy Editor at the Observer Music Monthly.

May 2009

Tree Carving to be premiered at ‘Sound Census’. The Endymion Ensemble are celebrating

30 Years with a series of concerts including new commissions from leading British

composers. This new piece for Flute, Viola and Harp will receive its world premiere on

Friday 5th June at King’s Place, London.

May 2009

Catch to be premiered by world class duo. Possibly the world’s best trumpeter and

percussionist , Hakan Hardenberger and Colin Currie have formed a duo. Joe has written

a new piece for their concerts which will receive it’s world premier in Hamburg and

Manchester in May 2009.