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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Joseph Spooner joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 21st March 2010 to play Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85.

February 2010

Joseph Spooner            Cello

Joseph Spooner's work as a soloist, recording artist and chamber musician has taken him across the UK, France, the Netherlands and Russia. He is an ardent advocate of neglected repertoire, and this is reflected in his programming and discography. His recordings for various companies - by composers as diverse as Aaron Copland, Alan Bush, Alexander Krein, Alan Rawsthorne, George Dyson and Roger Smalley - have been greeted with warm critical acclaim:

- 'all the expressive power needed ... ravishing' - Gramophone
- 'superb ... beguiling' - The Strad
- 'excellent' - International Record Review
- 'a joy to listen to' - The Times

Joseph takes a particular interest in contemporary music, and his work with various contemporary-music groups (notably Continuum and New Music Players) has included performances at major festivals and broadcasts on BBC Radio and Channel 4. He is proud to be the dedicatee of Alwynne Pritchard's Danaides and Errolyn Wallen's Spirit Symphony: Speed Dating for Two Orchestras.

Joseph is becoming recognised as a champion of British music. February 2009 will see the publication of his edition of the Sonata by Michael Balfe and his recording Romantics in England for Dutton Epoch, which includes world premiere recordings of works by Macfarren, Balfe, Ellicott, Coleridge-Taylor, Quilter and Bainton.

Future plans include a tour of the United States with the Summerhayes Piano Trio, and more recordings of Russian Silver Age composers. Joseph plays a Nicholas Vuillaume cello of about 1865.