Joseph Padfield was born and grew up in London. He began his voice training at the Junior Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Sara Reynolds, before moving on to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with John Evans.
In 2009 Joseph appeared as a member of the Opera Holland Park chorus in Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) and Kát'a Kabanová (Janáček). In 2010 he performed the role of Bartley in Vaughan-Williams' Riders to the Sea at the Rosemary Branch Theatre and covered the role of Pluto in Eurydice with the British Youth Opera at The Peacock Theatre. He was a featured soloist in the Kantanti Ensemble’s performances of Fauré Requiem in August 2010.