Musical Director

Joe Davies

Recently praised for his 'musical brilliance' (Seen and Heard International), Joe Davies is a Conductor working across the UK. He is Musical Director of the UK Proms in the Park Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia, Canterbury Symphony Orchestra, and Midland Concert Orchestra, an Assistant Conductor for the English Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director and Founder of the Cumbria Opera Group.

Previous MD positions include Worcester Philharmonic and Contemporary Music East Midlands (CoMA), both 2019-24, while upcoming and previous engagements include the National Schools' Symphony Orchestra, Oxford University Orchestra, Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Southampton Orchestra.

He was Artistic Director of the Cumbria Opera Festivals 2021 and 2023, involving artists such as Roderick Williams OBE and Joan Rodgers CBE. Highlights include collaborations with Laura van der Heijden, Jess Gillam, and Xhosa Cole and Premieres from Howard Skempton, Martin Bussey, and Alex Ho; MD credits include Candide at the Oxford Playhouse, and Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Trouble in Tahiti, A Hand of Bridge, Acis and Galatea, Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas with the Cumbria Opera Group. Joe graduated with a First Class degree in music from St Peter’s College, Oxford, before graduating with Distinction from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied Orchestral Conducting under Michael Seal.