27 October 2011
Julian joined the orchestra for the 1993/4 season shortly after moving to Hampshire from the West Midlands. This was in keeping with his resolve to enjoy music-making as a hobby whenever possible and orchestral playing has been very much part of the various chapters in his life, from the county youth ensembles in Hereford and Worcestershire through to York's University and Guildhall Orchestras plus various pit, light and reheasal orchestras along the way.
Having been invited to lead the second violin section whilst the orchestra was still performing at the RAE Assembly Halls, he has had the privilege of working with many like-minded violinists over the seasons to build and maintain a strong sectional identity with those who appreciate delivering the depth and musical colour that composers inject into their writing for "the seconds".
Music provides a welcome contrast and balance to Julian's engineering-based career in the mobile communications business world and there is plenty of music to come home to with a family whose singing and (brass) instrumental pursuits avoid any risk of a quiet life.