Julian Williamson

Over the past twenty five years Julian Williamson has directed choirs and orchestras in many parts of England and abroad.  Apart from his long association with Ware Choral Society he has been musical director of the Camden Choir, English Festival Chorus, and the Reading Bach Choir.

He has conducted concerts with the London Bach orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the Ernest Read Music Association, and has appeared regularly in all the major London concert halls. His work has also taken him to many other parts of Britain and abroad – Germany, Holland, France, Zimbabwe and the USA.

Julian’s work has embraced all the major works of the repertoire and he has been particularly keen to promote contemporary music – being involved in a number of new commissions, and with the work of many twentieth century composers, including Ernst Krenek, Alun Hodinott, John Gardiner, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Iain Hamilton as well as less familiar music by Leopold Mozart, Lille Boulanger, R. Strauss and many others.

He has also been closely associated with David Fanshawe, directing performances of African Sanctus and the first performance of the revised version of Fantasy on Dover Castle.

Julian has performed the Rachmaninov’s Vespers in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, and the world premier of Elena Firsova’s The Word at the Barbican with the Camden Choir and the Ware Choral Society. Recent concerts have included works by Toivo Kuula, Gorecki and James Macmillan.

Further projects have included a series of dance evenings in London for which music was specially written, and many choral and orchestral workshops around the country. He also spends much time lecturing, a part of his work which takes him all over Britain and abroad.