Responses from audiences and critics alike have been extremely positive.
Joe's composition style is post-modern classical. He creates and makes extensive use of memorable melodies and motifs. His particular strengths are orchestration, graceful vocal writing (he is a singer himself) and dramatic structure. He has the rare ability to be able to create large scale opera and never bore an audience. He particularly admires (he would say 'sits at the feet of') Puccini, Janacek, Britten and John Adams.The music is published by Robosoft Music - click button above for music sales.
'The Tempest' - A contemporary classical grand opera. Much appreciated by the audiences at Guildford Opera's premiere performance.
Of 'The Tempest', his second opera, one reviewer (Words and Music) said
'Everything about this production was excellent with many striking touches. The highly effective set was a wrecked ship bedded in real sand; the tops of the ribs curling over gave the impression of huge breaking waves... the small orchestra (under Francis Griffin) played the music beautifully; it was atmospheric, attractive and served Shakespeare’s text and its range of emotions well... The casting of Ariel as 3 spirits was a master stroke, each subtly characterised and responsive to Prospero and weaving trios with beautiful and ethereal sound... Prospero, who commands the magic island...(Tim Baldwin)... was outstanding and totally in command of the drama and music - a truly powerful performance.',
'Through the Looking Glass' - St.Johanser's third full-length opera - here are stills from the film made at Woking Dance Space and published on DVD
'SPEM' - St.Johanser's first full-length opera
Of 'Spem' one reviewer said 'When I heard the first violin humming the main theme of the first movement I knew Joe had a hit'