Berkshire Choral Festival

Joseph Cullen

Choral maestro, organist, church musician, and teacher Joseph Cullen is  much in demand in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Since 1999, he has been associated with the Huddersfield Choral Society, the UK’s leading choral society, as chorus master. In a unique partnership with conductor Martyn Brabbins, Cullen has broadened the horizons and technical prowess of this renowned choir, touring with them to festivals as far away as Osaka, Japan.

With HCS, Joseph recently completed a trilogy of recordings of popular works on the Signum label, conducting John Stainer’s Crucifixion in its original version with organ accompaniment. He also conducted the British premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Messages with the chorus and the orchestra of Opera North. He brought HCS to the Barbican Hall to conduct Handel’s Messiah to an ecstatic audience, the culmination of HCS’s 175th anniversary year.

For a decade, Joseph has earned glowing reviews for his leadership of the London Symphony Chorus, which he has conducted in London, the United States, Eire, and Italy. His work with the LSC has garnered two Grammy awards. Recently, on his final tour with the LSO, he assisted Sir Colin Davis (one of many esteemed conductors with whom he as collaborated) with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the BBC Proms and in Bonn, Paris, and New York City.

Works conducted at BCF

  • Mozart, Great Mass in C Minor, 2012
  • Handel, Chandos Anthem #4, 2012
  • Mendelssohn, Motets, 2008
  • Mendelssohn, Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), 2008