Joseph Hollings (the one on the right) is a composer, arranger, music educator and performer.  He graduated from Kings College London with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in music composition, having studied composition with Sir Harrison Birtwistle. His arrangements have been performed internationally, including his arrangement ofThe Pirates of Penzance for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in London's West End.  His arrangements of Aaron Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo and Janáček's On An Overgrown Path were recorded by the Onyx Brass Quintet and released on Meridian Records. Joe studied conducting with Christopher Adey.  He has conducted orchestras and served as music-director for an array of shows including Into The Woods, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Titanic, and Grease. Joe plays trombone and piano and is a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild. By the way, the one on the left is Joe's Grandpa Tom. Below is his works list.

List of works, biography, works list


Large Ensemble

​Nine glances at the same space from different positions, some further apart than others​ (Symphonic Band), 2014 [7:00]

Sinfonia for orchestra (Orchestra, 2(picc).2.2.2-, 2012 [13:30]


Waiting for the 4:15 train (Piano), 2019 [3:00]

Awaken the dawn (Trombone & Piano), 2018 [7:15] Commissioned by Shachar Israel

Rag and Roll (Piano), 2018 [3:45]

B-La-Fi (Cello), 2016 [1:30]

Spring Morning, frost. Before others awake (Flute & Piano), 2016 ​[2:45]

Dübener Heide (soloflöte), 2015 [2:15]

At The Top of Sparepenny Lane (French horn & Piano), 2015 ​[3:00]

Standing on the Bank of the River Pant (French horn), 2014 [6:00]


We Are All Mortal (SATB & Piano) 2019 [4:30]

    (text from President John F. Kennedy's 1963 speech at American University)

Now Wel May We Merthis Make (SSAATTBB), 2013 [4:15]


Ballad (Poem by John Clare) (Soprano & Piano), 2014 [2:15]

Braggart (Poem by John Clare) (Tenor & Piano), 2014 [1:30]

Merry Maid (Poem by John Clare) (Soprano & Piano), 2014 [1:15]

Ploughman Singing (Poem by John Clare) (Tenor & Piano), 2014 [2:30]

Scandal (Poem by John Clare) (Soprano & Piano), 2014 ​[1:15]
What is Life? (Poem by John Clare)(Soprano & Harp/Flute & Piano), 2014 [7:00]


On An Overgrown Path, Janáček (for Brass Quintet), 2015

Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, Copland (for Brass Quintet), 2008


Standing on the Bank of the River Pant (French horn), 2014

"...Beautiful sustained tones were interrupted by more exclamatory notes, creating the effect of a poetic discussion with the self." [Robert Monroe, Tuesday Musical Association]

What is Life? (Poem by John Clare), (Soprano & Harp/Flute & Piano), 2014

​" turns reflective, meditative, and quietly joyful, mixing clear flute tones with rich harmonies, offering a touch of an almost Medieval or Druidic mystery." [Robert Monroe, Tuesday Musical Association]

On An Overgrown Path, Janáček (Arranged for Brass Quintet) 

"... The selected movements have been imaginatively arranged by Joseph Hollings, who successfully captures the wistful longing, grit and power of Janáček’s brass writing whilst maintaining the narrative and logic of the original piano score." [Kevin Price, CD Review of Meridian CD CDE 84633 in Brass Herald, May 2015​]