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1st Week HT24 Newsletter - Joshua Dennis

Each week, the OUMS newsletter features an interview with someone who positively contributes to the Oxford music scene. This week, we sat down with singer and trombonist Joshua Dennis to ask about his work as a choral singer, trombonist and budding Twitch streamer...

Joshua Dennis

Singer and Trombonist

Tell us a bit about yourself! Hello hello! I'm Joshua, a third-year music student. Apart from pretending to work towards my degree, I spend most of my time singing behind a wooden stall in Magdalen chapel. I am also a trombonist (and occasionally dabble in cajon) so if you've ever met me it was probably through a rehearsal I was half an hour late to.

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm currently working on a few performances that you should definitely absolutely 100% come to (please). I'm cooking up a recital programme all about birds that I'll be showcasing at Jesus on Jan 25, and am also planning a performance of the four Britten cabaret songs in Christ Church (at some point idk when). In other news, I'm working towards my next concerts with the Oxford Bach Soloists and the Delius singers, and I will be trying my very best to sing the right notes in the right places.

What has your favourite musical experience been at Oxford so far?

It's got to be playing in the pit band for the Oxford Playhouse showing of An American in Paris last Hilary. The band was absolutely electric and there wasn't a tacet movement in sight (a common occurrence for fellow trombonists)! Singing-wise, I'm legally obligated to pick May Morning as the top moment. The view from the tower was unmatched, and for one day and one day only it actually feels cool to be in a college choir.

Where can you see yourself going in the future? 

Either I'll still be stuck in Oxford begging to dep wherever I can or I'll be somewhere in the Netherlands on some luxury singing residential course. Or I'll just become a Twitch streamer, I really haven't firmed it yet.

Give us a music recommendation! 

Rube Goldberg Variations by Thank You Scientist. I don't really know who these guys are but they were practising literal alchemy on this track.

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