Joe was born in Leigh, Lancashire, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has performed principally with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and has played the roles of Nanki-Poo, (The Mikado) at the Savoy Theatre, at the Royal Festival Hall, and on U.K. tour, Pelegrin and Armand Brissard (The Count of Luxembourg), and Ralph, (H.M.S. Pinafore) at the Savoy Theatre, on U.K. tour, and, at the Schubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. He also took part in their educational workshops of ‘Mikado’, ‘Iolanthe’, ‘Trial by Jury’ and ‘Patience’ and is a regular soloist in their ‘A La Carte’ concerts.
Previous engagements include: Mr Snow (Carousel) for Opera North, Lippo Fiorentino (Street Scene) for the Opera Group at the Young Vic, Watford Palace and Buxton Opera House, and also for Opéra de Toulon, Angel 5 (SEVEN ANGELS) for The Opera Group, Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro) for Savoy Opera; Ingnatz (Krazy Kat) for Téte à Téte Opera Festival; Marco (The Gondoliers) and Bertie (the Water Babies) at Chichester Festival Theatre season; Box (Cox & Box) & Ralph (H.M.S. Pinafore) for the G&S Opera Co. at Buxton Opera House; Autumn (The Fairy Queen) English Bach Festival at the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden and Ralph (H.M.S. Pinafore) for Opera Della Luna and Trevelyan (One Day, Two Dawns) and Antonio (Duenna) for English Touring Opera. Other roles include Don Curzio and Don Basilio (Nozze di Figaro), Il Notaro (Don Pasquale), Conte di Lerma and Don Carlos (Don Carlos), Eisenstein and Blind (Die Fledermaus), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Parpignol (La Boheme), Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Defendant (A Policeman’s Lot/Trial by Jury) and Frederic (Pirates of Penzance).
Other theatre credits include Ko-Ko (The Hot Mikado) Theatre Royal, Brighton, Joe/Josephine/Shell Oil Jnr (Sugar) Wimbledon Theatre, Mr Emanuelli (Once a Catholic) Jacksons Lane, and Daisy (Baby with the Bathwater) Duke of Cambridge.
On the concert platform he has performed in the U.K. for the National Concert Orchestra, the New London Sinfonia, the London Salon Ensemble, Opera Interludes, Hatstand Opera, Pavilion Opera, and for First Act Opera in the U.K. and U.S., the D’Oyly Carte in the U.K. and Egypt and the Concordia foundation in Rangoon. He has performed on a number of cruises for Swan Hellenic, with Opera Interludes for Noble Caledonia and with the Concordia Foundation on the QE2.
Engagements in the 2012/13 season include Mr Snow Carousel and Mr Upfold ALBERT HERRING for Opera North and Goro Madama Butterfly and Roscoe Follies for Opéra de Toulon. Future performances include Snout A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Opera North