Repertoire – Programmes

site64The repertoire detailed here is only a sample. I appreciate that some audiences prefer to hear fresh interpretations of the familiar (Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov for example), but I hope that listeners will be tempted to reach out into the unknown, whether they are looking for a concerto to fit into an existing programme, a cello and piano recital, or a trio concert.

A few ideas are suggested below, but I am very happy also to collaborate with organizers to produce tailored programmes.


The range of cello concertos in existence is astonishing, and there are some extraordinary works outside the comparatively narrow selection of works that are played regularly (Haydn, Schumann, Dvořák, Elgar, Saint-Saëns …). Why not consider one of Moeran, Korngold, Leighton, Finzi, Bloch, Glazunov, Johann Strauss, or Shostakovitch?

Watch Joseph play the Moeran Cello Concerto


Pianists I have worked with include David Owen Norris, Kathryn Mosley, Glen Capra and Maureen Galea.

Suggested English Programme
coleridge_tW. Macfarren – Sonata (1861)
E. Wallen – Dervish (2001)
S. Coleridge-Taylor – Variations (1905) OR Dyson – Sonata (1904)

Listen to extract of Coleridge-Taylor – Variations

G. Swayne – Four Pieces (1970)
E. Moeran – Sonata (1947) OR J. Ireland – Sonata (1923)

Suggested Russian Programme
arenskyI. Genishta – Sonata no. 1 (1834)
M. Balakirev – Romanza (1856?)
C. Cui – Orientale (1893)
A. Krein – Mélodie (1928)
A. Arensky – Humoresque (1891)

 Listen to extract of Krein Mélodie

D. Smirnov – Sonata (1978)
S. Rachmaninov – Sonata (1901) OR N. Potolovsky – Sonata (c.1902)

The Year 1949

Four major cello sonatas were composed within a year of one another, by Elliot Carter, Alan Rawsthorne, Francis Poulenc, and Nikolai Myaskovsky. Yet they could hardly be more different in style. Rawsthorne is terse, Poulenc expansive; Carter is unflinchingly modern for its day, while Myaskovsky yearns for the nineteenth century. Two or more of these works could form the basis of a highly stimulating programme.

The 1920s

The early twentieth century was a particularly fertile period for the cello, and any decade could provide a whole array of repertoire. The 1920s saw sonatas by Roslavetz, Honegger, Bainton and Ireland, and these composers could provide a perfect platform for looking either backwards or forwards.


site42Sonatas by Bainton, Balfe, Bantock, Bax, Bridge, Britten, Clarke, Delius, Dyson, Foulds, Ireland, Macfarren, Moeran, Rawsthorne, Sterndale Bennett. Shorter works by Ayres, Bantock, Beamish, Britten, Bush, Coleridge-Taylor, Ellicott, Harvey, Heath, Swayne, Wallen.


Sonatas by Genishta, Gnessin, Kabalevsky, Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Potolovsky, Rachmaninov, Roslavetz, Schnittke, Shostakovitch, Smirnov. Shorter works by Arensky, Balakirev, Cui, Gabrilowitch, Glazunov, Glière, Krein, Tchaikovsky.


Sonatas by Barber, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Franck, Grieg, Hindemith, Karg-Elert, Kodály, Liebmann, Poulenc. Shorter works by Bloch, Beethoven, Chaminade, Chopin, Copland, Dvořák, Erkoreka, Fauré, Henze, Janáček, Lachenmann, Liszt, Lutoslawski, Moscheles, Schumann, Sibelius, Suk, Vivaldi, Webern.


I work regularly in the Summerhayes Piano Trio, with Catherine Summerhayes and Adam Summerhayes, whose commitments include being leader of London Concertante. Our repertoire covers the well and less well-known works, including trios by Arensky, Austin, Beethoven, Bush, Dunhill, Dvořák, Ellicott, Lyatoshinsky, Ravel, Schubert, Shostakovitch, and Verne-Bredt, among others.

A typical programme might include works by Arensky, Beethoven and Shostokovitch.

The Clifton Trio

The Clifton Trio

I also work in the Clifton Trio, with Nicholas Shipman (clarinet) and Stefan Hofkes (piano). The clarinet trio repertoire is very interesting and includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Leighton, Powers, and Zemlinsky, among others.

A typical programme might include works by Beethoven, Leighton and Brahms.