Organist and Master of the Choristers
British-Australian organist and choral conductor Joseph Nolan has been hailed by ABC Classic FM as ‘an extraordinary musician’, BBC Radio 3 CD Review as a ‘virtuoso’, and Limelight Magazine, Australia as a ‘colossus’. Joseph was also nominated by Limelight Magazine as an Artist of the Year in 2016.
Nolan studied at the Royal College of Music, London winning the Canon Bark Prize for most promising organ student and was awarded First Class Honours for his final recital at the Temple Church, London. Scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust, Hattori Foundation and the Royal Philharmonic Society supported Joseph’s advanced studies with legendary organists Marie-Claire Alain in Paris and Dame Gillian Weir in London.
Appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace in 2004, Joseph performed on numerous occasions at Buckingham Palace, most notably giving the opening concert of the refurbished Grand Ballroom organ to a distinguished audience.
Joseph has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, most recently making his debut at Sydney Opera House in the 2017 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Season to great critical acclaim. Nolan’s recordings of the complete works of Charles-Marie Widor for award winning UK label, Signum Records, have brought him particular note, featuring the finest Cavaillé-Coll organs in France including those of St Sulpice and La Madeleine Paris, St Sernin Toulouse, and St François de Sales Lyon. The discs have been awarded multiple five-star reviews and ‘Editor's Choice’ awards in BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and Limelight Magazine, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM amongst many others.
Nolan was invited to take up the position of Organist and Master of Music at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia in 2008. Under Joseph’s leadership the Cathedral music programme is regarded as world class throughout Australia and the choirs now regularly perform for ABC Classic FM, Perth International Arts Festival, and with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Joseph Nolan was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2016 by the French Government for services to French music. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Australia.
Michael commenced piano lessons at the age of four and enjoyed success on the instrument, receiving his Associate Diploma of Music (AMusA) from the Australian Music Examinations Board in 2013. A former chorister of St George’s Cathedral Choir, Michael took up lessons on the organ with Stewart Smith in 2012 after a long fascination with the instrument, and was appointed organ scholar at St Luke’s Anglican Church in Mosman Park in 2013. In 2014 he became the St Cecilia organ scholar at St Mary’s Anglican Church in South Perth, and the following year took up positions at Christ Church, Claremont as an organ scholar and member of Schola Aedis Christi where he sang as a tenor. In 2015, Michael was awarded his AMusA on the organ with distinction, winning the West Australian Music Teachers Association A J Leckie Memorial Award for the best AMusA candidate for that year, and received his LMusA only a year later. Michael is currently the organ tutor at Christ Church Grammar School and in his second year at the University of Western Australia where he is studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in music and political science. He is also a resident of St George’s College where he holds the organ scholarship.