Birdsong are delighted to announce that they have signed “one of the brightest of rising stars” (Bernard Clarke, RTÉ), composer Joseph Davies for a worldwide, exclusive publishing agreement. His music has been described as “extraordinarily vivid and exuberant” (Ivan Hewitt, BBC Radio 3) and has been performed and broadcast throughout Europe and the USA. Commissions range from virtuosic chamber-size pieces for some of the most gifted musicians of his generation to large-scale works for ensembles including several pieces for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. These include Intricate Images (2014) for harpist Catrin Finch and cellist Steffan Morris, the orchestral song cycle The Shortest Day (2016) setting specially written texts by former Archbishop of Canterbury and poet Dr Rowan Williams to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, and Hymn to Hermes (2018) for The Hermes Experiment.
His wide-ranging collaborations include arrangements for Meilyr Jones’s prize-winning album 2013 (2016) on Moshi Moshi and Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (2017) for the Tate Britain, and two albums for Baxter Dury, Prince of Tears (2017) and The Night Chancers (2020), both on Heavenly Recordings. In 2017 Joseph’s wind orchestra piece Anemoi was nominated for a BASCA British Composer Award and he was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize by the Welsh Music Guild. Current projects include a violin concerto for BBCNOW and soloist Daniel Pioro for the 2020/21 season (postponed to 2021/22 due to Covid-19).