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Royal College of Music

Joel Williams Tenor

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2018

Joel Williams is a British tenor and member of the Royal College of Music International Opera School where he studies with Ben Johnson. Joel is grateful for the additional support of the Josephine Baker Trust, the Rhona Reid Charitable Trust, and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Joel made his operatic debuts at ROH, ENO, and Glyndebourne as a boy treble with Trinity Boys Choir playing Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Die Zauberflöte’s Drei Knaben, and peasant-child in Puccini's Turandot.  Joel went on to study History at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar.  He was a soloist on many of the choir’s recordings, and in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouw and the Sydney Opera House.

On stage, Joel has played Le Ruisseau Les Fêtes D'Hébé (Bastille, Opéra de Paris), Count Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera, Mayor Albert Herring, Hexe Hänsel und Gretel, Dr Blind Die Fledermaus (Royal College of Music International Opera School), Odoardo Ariodante (London Handel Festival), Oronte Alcina (Ryedale Festival Opera). In the summer of 2017 Joel sang Don Ottavio Don Giovanni as a Young Artist with Opera Holland Park. Joel is an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera. Joel's concert engagements include Verdi Otello Act One (Cambridge University Musical Society, Richard Farnes), Pärt Passio (Choir of King's College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury) and Bach St John Passion (Merton College, Oxford).

Joel won the Somerset Song Prize, the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, the Sidney Sussex Lieder Competition, and second prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.  Joel was a Pembroke Lieder Scholar with Joseph Middleton, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn.  Joel performed with Kitty Whately and Joseph Middleton at the Wigmore Hall, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 .  He has given recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder, the Barber Institute at Birmingham University, the Leeds University International Concert Series and at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol.

Joel is grateful to those who have supported him up to this point.  Many thanks to the Ladies of the Soirée d'Or Committee, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Seary Charitable Trust, the Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Mario Lanza Foundation, the Philip Bates Trust, and the Michael James Trust.

This biography was published in November 2018.