Julian was educated at Thetford Grammar School where he was inspired to take up the organ. Prior to learning the organ Julian played flute and piano studying both to Grade 8, after which the organ became the focal point. Aged 18 he gained recital awards at the Oundle International Summer School for young organists.
He studied music at The College Of St Hild & St Bede, University of Durham, where Julian was successively Junior, and Senior, Organ Scholar, and studied organ with James Lancelot. Whilst at Durham, Julian also accompanied the Durham Handel Society and University Consort of Voices, with whom he featured on national BBC radio broadcasts.
In 2008 Julian graduated from Durham and took up the postgraduate organ scholarship at Chichester Cathedral, before going on to be organist at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. Besides his choir training and theory tuition duties at St Peter’s Julian is in demand as a concert organist, accompanist and tutor. Outside the UK he has given concerts in Europe and Asia, including music festivals in Belgium, Holland, and Norway, and in the UK at the Three Choirs Festival.
Besides tutoring on organ and piano for the Diocese of Norwich, Julian is Regional Consultant at the Royal College of Organists. He is also completing a MMus in organ performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Henry Fairs. 2018 is a busy year of concerts and guest tutoring around the UK, adding to Julian’s existing portfolio of work.
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