Director of Music
Photograph by David Arruda
Joseph Fort took up the position of College Organist & Director of the Chapel Choir, and Lecturer in Music at King's College London in September 2015, upon completing his PhD at Harvard University. He is equally active as a conductor and musicologist.
Forthcoming performances with the Choir of King's College London include the Radio 3 Epiphany Broadcast, a recording of the Brahms Requiem (London Version) for Delphian Records, a collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia to give the UK premiere of Barber's The Lovers in a new chamber version by Robert Kyr, and a major tour to the USA and Canada. In demand as a chorus master, he will be assisting Roger Norrington for Bach's Mass in B minor with the Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus.
Joseph's research focuses on music and dance in the eighteenth century; he is currently completing a monograph on Haydn and minuets. Imminent speaking plans include a presentation for the Mozart Society of America at its 20th-anniversary session at the American Musicological Society annual meeting. A dedicated teacher, Joseph was awarded the Oscar Schafer teaching prize (a year-long fellowship) at Harvard, and served the university as Senior Tutor of Eliot House. Prior to Harvard, he studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar and academic scholar, and at the Royal Academy of Music.
Photograph by Kaupo Kikka