Julie Payne - Biography

Julie Payne

Julie Payne - musician


Julie started playing the oboe and piano at a young age and played in the local schools orchestras in Avon before gaining a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1996. Whilst at the RNCM she won the Peter Graeme Prize for Oboe Playing, the A. L. Winfield Prize for Oboe Playing and the prestigious Hiles Medal for Orchestral Wind Playing. She has played on many CD’s as part of the RNCM Wind Orchestra and also toured with the RNCM Sinfonia to the Montepulciano Festival as well as playing throughout the UK and Europe with all the RNCM orchestras and ensembles.

She was semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year competition and has worked with many eminent conductors including Kent Nagano, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir Edward Downes. She has toured extensively around Europe and USA as well as working in Ghana with their National Symphony Orchestra and UAE for the National Symphony Orchestra UAE. Julie has also worked as an oboe soloist across the South West and performed regularly as part of the Bath Philharmonia, Bristol Ensemble and other orchestras in the area.

Julie enjoys chamber music and performs regularly with Eb Ensemble wind sextet and has a wind octet that is noted for pushing boundaries with performance.

She now freelances as an educator for orchestras and opera companies, oboist, teacher, choir leader and accompanist. She enjoys playing chamber music and her passion is creating music from scratch with groups of people. She can be found working with music in many varied settings from schools to care homes, corporate conferences to prisons and everything in between! 

Julie is founder and director of Music for Miniatures (baby-friendly concerts in Bath, Frome and Wells) and Crescendo Concerts. She passionately believes in exposing children to quality live music from a young age. She is also producer/performer for Crescendo Concert touring productions of Revolting Rhymes and The Snowman.

Julie is also an accomplished pianist and teaches as well as accompanying various choirs. 

Julie lives in Bath with her husband and 2 children.

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