Director of Music
Photograph by David Arruda
Joseph Fort is the College Organist & Director of the Choir of King's College London, and Lecturer in Music at King’s. He took up this position in September 2015, upon completing his PhD at Harvard University, and is equally active as a conductor and musicologist. Joseph is responsible for chapel music at King’s, conducting the choir in the weekly Eucharist and Evensong services during term. He has broadcast as a conductor and organist on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and on US radio. His conducting debut with Britten Sinfonia in 2017 was met with acclaim from The Times, and his recording of the Brahms Requiem (London Version) will be released by Delphian Records later in the year. Festival conducting appearances across the world include the Festival de México, the White Nights Festival of St. Petersburg, the Montreal Organ Festival, and the conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In demand as a chorus master, he has assisted John Eliot Gardiner and Roger Norrington, and enjoys a warm association with the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus, working with the choir in its 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. During his time in America, Joseph conducted several choirs in the Boston area, and served for several years as the Resident Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.
Joseph’s research focuses on music and dance in the eighteenth century; he is currently completing a monograph on Haydn and minuets, and has published in the Eighteenth-Century Music journal. He has given papers at numerous conferences, including those of the American Musicological Society, the Mozart Society of America and the North-American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, and has presented research at universities including King’s College London, Cambridge and Oxford in the UK, and Harvard, Indiana and Yale in the US. He recently featured on a panel for the Mozart Society of America entitled ‘The Future of Mozart Studies’.
A dedicated teacher, Joseph lectures on a variety of topics at King’s, where he serves the Music Department as Head of Performance. He also regularly gives talks for music societies and festivals. At Harvard, he was awarded the Oscar Schafer teaching prize (a year-long fellowship), 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, who in March 2017 elected him to their Associateship.
Photograph by Kaupo Kikka