Julian Williamson

Conductor Julian Williamson has been associated with a large number of orchestras and choirs for over forty years.

He has performed regularly on the South Bank, at St John’s, Smith Square, and the Barbican Hall where, apart from his many concerts with the Camden Choir, he has appeared with the London Bach Orchestra and the English Festival Chorus. His work has taken him not only to many parts of Great Britain, but also to Italy, Germany, Holland, Zimbabwe and the United States.

Apart from directing all the standard repertoire, he has always been keen to promote contemporary music. Over the years, he has been involved with the work of many twentieth-century composers. They include Ernest Bloch, Elena Firsova, John Gardner, Iain Hamilton, Alun Hoddinott, Ernst Krenek, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Michael Nyman. He has also been closely associated with David Fanshawe and African Sanctus, conducting several performances. He is a popular lecturer in various venues around Britain, specialising in music and literature.

During recent seasons, he has conducted the Camden Choir in works as varied as Handel’s Saul and Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection, both at St Johns, Smith Square; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Lassus’ Missa Pascalis. He will be returning to St Paul’s, Covent Garden, with the Camden Choir in March 2019 to conduct the world première of Dani Howard’s Alexa.