Working with music and people - it's what I do. I love it!
Since completing her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Julie has used her skills as an oboist to reach people from all walks of life and all over the world. She loves performing to diverse audiences and sharing music with everyone and can be found equally at home freelancing in orchestras, appearing as a soloist and playing chamber music.
As a pianist, Julie accompanies various choirs, teaches and is available for exam accompanying.
Julie presents many family concerts on behalf of orchestras. Her energetic style and knowledge brings the audience really close to the music and engages people of all ages.
Julie loves to explore the relationship between music and theatre. She is currently touring a production of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and also The Snowman. She enjoys the challenges that being a performing musician/producer bring.
Julie's passion is creating stories through music, working with groups to create something from nothing and enabling groups to compose their own music. Either working from scratch or from a musical theme and using whatever is available (instruments, or not!), she can work with all ages to produce high quality performances of original music.
Recent projects have included creating a 30 minute opera with 60 children, working with Young Carers, several creative projects with prisoners at Eastwood Park Prison, and sessions with elderly residents in care homes. She is a member of Spider Collective, a group of improvising musicians who collaborate with others to open up the world of improvisation.
With two young children of her own, Julie felt there were no opportunities to take her children to local concerts where it didn't matter if her then 18 month old wandered around and her then 4 year old asked loud questions. Music for Miniatures was 'born' in 2014 to give parents and carers a chance to enjoy high quality live classical in the company of their babies/toddlers/pre-schoolers without having to worry about wriggly bottoms, crawling around or the odd squeal. "Amazing music in a relaxed atmosphere" pretty much sums up Music for Miniatures.
When her daughter then started school, Julie found another gap - concerts for children of school age. Crescendo Concerts started to introduce children to instruments in a fun and engaging way, so they hear music played live and played well. How are children expected to make an informed decision about which instrument they'd like to learn if they've never heard or seen them played well, and played live? Crescendo Concerts addresses this issue with inspiring musicians playing and talking about their instruments, and what inspires them.
Julie then turned to combining theatre with music to inspire children and together with director Petra Schofield, they've created Revolting Rhymes LIVE! and A Christmas Celebration combining the creative talents of Crescendo Concerts and Magic Penny Production.
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Do you have a question, want to book Julie as a oboist for a performance or as a creative musician for a workshop, or collaborate on a project? Get in touch!