Joshua Attrill

Joshua started playing the Clarinet at the age of 9 and took up the saxophone at 14. Joshua, from Newport on the Isle of Wight, studied at Christ the King College and went on to Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton for his ‘A’ levels. He has played in the Isle of Wight Youth Concert Band, the Youth Wind Band and Stage Band. The year 2015 saw him awarded a major bursary by the West Wight Arts Association and later that year he performed at the Royal Albert Hall with his Sixth Form College Jazz Combo. In 2018, he premiered a short piece by one of his university lecturers Daniel Bickerton. Joshua has achieved two diplomas in the clarinet (LRSM and DipABRSM).

Three years (2015-2018) were spent studying for a Bachelor of Music degree at Cardiff University where he achieved a First Class Honours and was awarded the ‘Elizabeth Griffiths Prize’ for his outstanding contribution to music making in the School of Music, in particular his orchestral and solo performances. Joshua then went on to study for a MA in Music Composition at Cardiff where he achieved a Distinction.

Joshua played in a variety of ensembles during his time at Cardiff University including the Symphony Orchestra, where he was Principal Clarinet and played the Tenor Saxophone in Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite. He was a member of the Cardiff University Big Band where he played Alto Sax 1 and enjoyed various tours including Montreux and Prague. The band also featured on the S4C programme Band Cymru in 2018. He has also been the musical director of the Cardiff University Saxophone Ensemble as well as forming and managing a successful seven-piece function band. Joshua currently divides his time between teaching and playing at regular concerts in and around the Cardiff area as well as arranging music for his band.