Joy has a diverse and fascinatingly eclectic career currently holding the position of Principal Clarinet with the Britten Sinfonia. She has freelanced with most of the UKs major orchestras and chamber orchestras and as an enthusiastic chamber musician she has appeared at music societies and festivals all over Britain, Europe, America and Australia.
Joy is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble with whom she has broadcast, recorded and toured widely.
Joy has great enthusiasm for new music and has had many new works written for and dedicated to her, most notably Simon Bainbridge’s Double concerto and Clarinet Quintet, works by Oliver Knussen and John McCabe.
Joy has had special success as a recording artist, particularly as a Mozartian, but also in a wider repertoire. This includes the complete Mozart Clarinet works on three discs for Meridian, the Strauss Duet Concertino for EMI, the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and Concerto for the Classic FM label and various chamber music works for both Chandos and Hyperion. Her most recent CD release is a disc of Italian Bel Canto Clarinet Concertos with the Britten Sinfonia on ASV.
Joy is a dedicated and inspiring teacher who has done a great deal to influence the shape of British clarinet playing in the last 25 years through her work as a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as in her frequent master classes both at home and abroad. Recently as part of the Britten Sinfonias Creative Learning programme Joy has taken a leading role in the inauguration of their Academy for young players.
In addition to her Professorial duties in September 2010 she took the post of Senior Tutor of chamber music for the Wind Brass and Percussion department at the Guildhall School and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.