Joe Chalmers

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Baritone

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama


Joe Chalmers is a London-based Bass-Baritone from Winchester, Hampshire. Joe began his singing while at the Winchester Cathedral choir school, The Pilgrims' School. He continued to sing in a choral setting throughout his teenage years as part of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, working with Alexander L'Estrange and Kylie Minogue, before beginning his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. While in his second year, Joe was awarded a Voces8 Scholarship and continues to perform regularly alongside the Voces8 foundation.

Joe is currently studying under the tutelage of John Evans, having previously worked with David Pollard and Amy Williamson. He has participated in masterclasses with Sarah Walker CBE, Janis Kelly, Elizabeth Rowe, Alistair Hogarth, Jonathan Lemalu, Kamal Khan and Andrew Watts.

Joe works as a freelance singer and enjoys a busy performance career. Recent opera performances include Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro, Guildhall), chorus (La Cenerentola, British Youth Opera), chorus (La Fedelta Premiata, Guildhall) and silent chorus (Radamisto, Guildhall). Other credits include Classic FM's Christmas recording of In the Bleak Midwinter (Ross), a recitalist for Debut Ltd., Airbnb’s #1 Classical Music Experience Globally in 2018, and a soloist for an array of requiems and cantatas. Joe is currently a choral scholar at St Margaret's Church, Lee.

Later this year, Joe will again join British Youth Opera for their summer production of Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi, in the role of Pinellino and covering Betto di Signa. In September, Joe will begin the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Master’s program as a Scholar. Other upcoming performances include recitals with Giles Terera MBE and Jamael Westman, stars of the original cast of Hamilton.

He is generously supported by Help Musicians, The Kathleen Trust and The Mario Lanza Foundation.
I have been extremely fortunate to receive financial support for my upcoming year studying a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Having just completed my undergraduate studies at the same institution, this support is so vital and appreciated, especially in today's challenging economic climate. This will allow me to really prioritise my development as a singer.