Joshua Ellicott


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.

Highlights in his 2015/16 season include the roles of Lucano & Secondo Soldato/Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr; Messiah concerts with the Hallé Orchestra under Laurence Cummings and with the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Harry Bicket; St Matthew Passion with the Sixteen under Harry Christophers; and Rachmaninov The Bells at King's College Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury.

Other notable appearances have included the Johannes Passion at the BBC Proms (Zurich Chamber Orchestra/Norrington), Purcell's The Fairy Queen at the Styriarte Festival Graz (Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt), Monteverdi's Vespers on tour (Le Concert d`Astrée/Haïm), Schubert’s Mass in E flat at the Festival de Saint-Denis (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Harding) and concert performances of Wozzeck and Tristan and Isolde (Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen), Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Wagner's Parsifal (Hallé Orchestra/Elder), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (OAE/Labadie) and Handel’s Theodora (Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Montgomery).

On the opera stage, he appears regularly with Opera North where his roles have included Jaquino Fidelio, Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Richard Dauntless Ruddigore and Sergei in Shostakovich’s Paradise Moscow.

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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 at the BBC Proms 2014
Bach: Johannes Passion

Zurich Chamber Orchestra/Sir Roger Norrington

Available on iPlayer until 7 August 2014.   Click here

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St Matthew Passion (Evangelist)

Boston Handel & Haydn Society

The performance also featured a stellar cast of soloists...Tenor Joshua Ellicott, returning to H&H after his powerful performance in the title role of last season’s Samson, brought a bell-toned clarity to the role of the Evangelist. His phrasing of the part’s expressive and wide-ranging recitatives made for a bold and moving narration of the Christian story.
Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review, 28 March 2015
Tenor Joshua Ellicott was a brilliant Evangelist; his enunciation and speech rhythm were fluid and natural, making his performance truly extraordinary in a role that requires impressive stamina as well as highly diverse artistic finesse.  Marvin J. Ward, Classical Scene, 28 March 2015
He had a wonderful ally in Joshua Ellicott, who sang the Evangelist, varying his delivery as the script required, sometimes almost shouting at key moments, sometimes singing sotto voce when the affect demanded it. Ellicott was a master of pace as well: recitativo passages that can seem endless breezed along in this performance. Daniel Hathaway, Cleveland, March 31, 2015


Johannes Passion

Zurich Chamber Orchestra/Norrington at the BBC Proms

...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



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



Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen at Avery Fisher Hall, New York

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

Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, 22 November 2012



Handel & Haydn Society/Christophers in 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



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/Salonen

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



Bach: Johannes Passion

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists/Peter Seymour

“...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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