Joshua Ellicott


Lyric tenor Joshua Ellicott was born in Manchester and read Music at York University before continuing his vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

No stranger to the opera stage, he works regularly with Opera North, most recently as Richard Dauntless (Ruddigore); other roles there have included Jaquino (Fidelio), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Sergei (Shostakovich’s Paradise Moscow). 

Recent concerts include Bach’s St John Passion with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Norrington at the 2014 BBC Proms; Fairy Queen at the Styriarte Festival Graz under Harnoncourt; Weill’s (The Seven Deadly Sins) and 3rd Squire (Parsifal) with the Hallé Orchestra under Elder; a Monteverdi Vespers tour under Haim; Andres (Wozzeck) and Shepherd and Sailor (Tristan and Isolde) with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Salonen; Schubert’s Mass in E flat with Harding at the St Denis Festival; Mozart Requiem in Japan with Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Handel L' Allegro with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, and Handel’s Theodora with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, both under Montgomery; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort under McCreesh; Handel’s Saul with The Sixteen, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Saul with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, all under Christophers.  

Future plans include a return to Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society for the St Matthew Passion (Evangelist) under Christophers, Messiah concerts with the King’s Consort, the Sixteen under Christophers, and the B Minor Mass with the English Concert under Bicket.

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The year is 1915. Nineteen year old Jack Ellicott has signed up to join his pals in fighting the ‘queer one’. We follow him through his training to the battle front at the Somme in France through the letters he sent home to his Mother and Father. At times funny, surprising or deeply moving, the ordinary unsophisticated ups and downs of a ordinary soldier reveal someone in the first flush of youth with all the accompanying joys and sorrows. These aren’t the considered accounts by generals of great battles or poets of the staggering human cost of the war and are without a consciousness of the great events unfolding around him but an honest everyday revealing portrait of a youth on the cusp of manhood.

The carefully chosen interspersed songs performed by tenor Joshua Ellicott - Jack’s great nephew, and pianist Simon Lepper reflect this directness and form a deeply moving and unique musical portrait. We do not hear the usual responses to the carnage but a selection of music that runs deeper and more directly to reveal our Jack and the huge personal sacrifice offered by so many in this tragic period of history.

As the commemorations start to mark 100 years since the First World War began, this flexible programme is an ideal way to pay tribute to those who sacrificed everything. More about Jack and his story here.

Hear Joshua Ellicott and Simon Lepper on BBC Radio 3's BBC In Tune programme on Thursday 3 July.

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Please click here to watch Joshua in action at the BBC Proms 2014
BACH St John Passion
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington
Available on iPlayer until 7 August 2014.   Click here

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St John Passion

BBC Proms 2014

...tenor Joshua Ellicott, majestic... Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 27 July 2014
Joshua Ellicott...impressed with smoothness and urgency of voice. David Karlin,, 27 July 2014

JS Bach

Christmas Oratorio

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

…the powerful voice of tenor Joshua Ellicott knocked us over like a bowling ball rolling down the aisle (in the midst of such consummate professionalism by all, it seems wrong to have a favourite – but I’ll confess to a silent “oh good” every time Ellicott stood up to sing).

Kelly Apter, The Scotsman, 4 December 2013



Avery Fisher Hall, New York

…an inspired cast…Vital support came from Joshua Ellicott’s lyrical Andres.

Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, 22 November 2012


St Matthew Passion

Symphony Hall, Boston

Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicott, who sang the daunting role of the Evangelist with musical distinction, emotional precision, and a keen dramatic urgency that made the Passion tale feel like news of a recent tragedy.  Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe, 31 March 2012
Of course, there can be no ignoring the pain and cruel irony of the Passion story itself, and Joshua Ellicott as a full-throated and uncommonly melodious Evangelist gave a strong account of it… David Wright, Boston Classical Review, 31 March 2012


St Matthew Passion

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The role of the Evangelist is divided, with the outstanding Joshua Ellicott… Richard Morrison, The Times, 30 November 2011
…and Joshua Ellicott were the excellent Evangelists.

Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 29 November 2011
Joshua Ellicott … had a strong presence and kept Bach’s wonderful story-telling vivid.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 29 November 2011



Opera North

Joshua Ellicot's Jaquino is cleverly pitched, conversational in tone, bruised by the cuckoo in the nest.

Anna Picard, The Independent, 24 April 2011
and Joshua Ellicot sprinkled fresh youthful charm over the domestic scenes.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 18 April 2011
Joshua Ellicott shine as the optimistic Marzelline and over-persistent Jaquino respectively.

George Hall, The Stage, 18 April 2011


Tristan und Isolde

Philharmonia Orchestra

Joshua Ellicott's bright, edgy Sailor/Shepherd...outstanding in a strong supporting cast. 

Anna Picard, The Independent, 3 October 2010
…the young sailor and shepherd (taken by Joshua Ellicott)…rang out with crystal clarity from the sides and back of the auditorium.

Kevin Rogers, Classical Source, 26 September 2010
I was especially impressed by Joshua Ellicott’s Shepherd: quite heart-rending, as moving a rendition as I can recall.

Mark Berry, Opera Today, 27 September 2010
...and Joshua Ellicot’s sweet-toned tenor bookended proceedings as both the offstage sailor in Act I and the onstage shepherd in Act III.

Stephen Jay-Taylor, Opera Britannia, 27 September 2010
...a cliff-top for Joshua Ellicott’s look-out Shepherd (a small role, but so telling here).

Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post, 29 September 2010
...and Joshua Ellicott brilliant as both the shepherd in Act III and the young sailor in Act I.

Mark Ronan, Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews, 26 September 2010
Joshua Ellicott did yeoman’s service with his two parts as Young Sailor/Shepherd—here’s a voice with a fine future ahead.

S. James Wegg, James Wegg Review, 10 September 2010



St John Passion, J.S.Bach

J.S.Bach's St John Passion with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists under Peter Seymour's direction.

“...the most telling solo work comes from Joshua Ellicott. His ‘Erwäge’ is wonderfully shaded and characterised.” 
“ dramatically coherant and satisfying as I’ve heard for a while ... this is a St. John which carries open-hearted conviction and character before it.”
The Gramophone

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