Joshua Ballance and Mad Song

Joshua Ballance gained a double first in Music from King’s College Cambridge, where he won a number of awards and is now studying for a DPhil at Christ Church, Oxford, generously supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Alongside his academic studies he conducts, composes and plays the cello.

Joshua’s interest in conducting began with the student conducting programme of the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra. At Cambridge he has Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, Sibelius’s second symphony and, with the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. He attended the conducting course in Musicfest. He is currently conductor of Mad Mad Song, a group that takes its name from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s work Eight Songs for a Mad King.

As a composer, Joshua spent a year as a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and has had works commissioned by the London Festival for Contemporary Music, the Octandre Ensemble and the New London Children’s Choir. His music has been broadcast on Radio 2 and performed in Westminster Abbey and elsewhere.

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