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Joseph Donmall was eighteen at the time of his performance with Oldham Symphony Orchestra. He has been playing the cello since the age of seven and he is principal cellist with the Halle Youth Orchestra and cellist with the Halle Youth String Quartet. He entered the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in September 2008 after completing his A’ Level studies at Crompton House School, where he has been part of a very active music department.

Joseph has made a number of solo appearances including performing Studies in English Folksong by Vaughan-Williams at the Bridgewater Hall, also at the RNCM, Chetham’s School of Music, on tour in Germany with Oldham Music Centre, at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London and at venues across the North West. In 2006 he performed a Vivaldi Cello concerto with the Oldham Youth Chamber Orchestra in Symphony Hall Birmingham at the National Festival of Music for Youth. Later this year he will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major with Oldham Symphony Orchestra. Competition successes include first prize in the 2005 Anthony Thornton Hodge competition, the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2006, first prize in the Incorporated Society of Musicians ‘Young Musicians Platform 2007’ and first prize in the 2008 Future Talent competition held in association with the Halle.

He has had masterclasses with Raphael Walfish and Emma Ferrand. Last year he attended the Lake District Summer Music International Summer School, receiving tuition from leading professionals including Gregor Horsch and Colin Carr. He plays a French 19th Century cello and uses a Tim Baker bow.

Concerts where Joseph Donmall played:

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