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Joe Barber

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Organist and violinist,currently director of music at St Margaret's Church, Oxford. Formerly Senior Organ Scholar at Balliol College Oxford.
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Organist
Oxford

I live and work as a musician in Oxford, where I am currently studying for my doctorate. I was the organ scholar at Balliol College for four years, where I was responsible for managing chapel music, including running and directing the choir, and accompanying weekly services of choral evensong. I was also organist for the Frideswide Voices for a year and a half. After graduating, I was director of music at All Saints Church, Headington, and now at St Margaret's Church, Oxford. When not busy with these jobs, I am often depping in and around Oxford as an organist, conductor or singer. I have also played the violin for many years, and have been involved in many high-standard orchestras and ensembles while in Oxford. I am experienced both with larger orchestral playing and have had much chamber music experience, including playing with the Bate Players - Oxford's student historically informed performance ensemble.

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Genres:
Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical, Early music, Opera, Musical theatre, Renaissance, Medieval music, Contemporary classical
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Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Repetiteur
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Edward H
3 years ago, for a Church service in Oxford OX1 3BJ
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Joseph is an outstanding violinist, in addition to his skills as an organist and choral director. He is very experienced at performing to a variety of audiences, including weddings, as a recitalist, and with orchestra. I have worked with Joe for four years now, and his professionalism, aptitude, and commitment to performing to a high standard are exemplary. I would highly recommend Joseph as a violinist and organist.

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Bruce (
3 years ago

"Joe’s playing is wonderful and his choice of music is service appropriate – it is very easy to trust his suggestions as his natural musical instincts are so sound. As well as being an inspirational and talented organist his grasp of the need for practicality and organisation, in addition to the main musical element of the job, has been invaluable. He is endlessly helpful and flexible and it has been great to call on him when I’ve needed to outside term time or at short notice."