Julian West


Academic Studies - Head of Open Academy

Head of Open Academy

Music leader, mentor, trainer and consultant

Oboist and performer

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Julian’s interest in the role of the arts within the wider community has led to him being in demand as a music leader, mentor, trainer and consultant. He is Head of Open Academy, the Royal Academy of Music’s creative learning and participation department, where he lectures on Creative Music Leadership. In addition, Julian works regularly with Wigmore Hall, for whom he initially devised Chamber Tots in the Community, an acclaimed project for early years settings, and Chamber Challenge which continues to take him and leading string quartets into primary schools across the country. Julian has been the external mentor for Wigmore Hall’s trainee animateur scheme since its inception.

In addition, Julian has designed and led projects for many organisations, including Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the London Symphony Orchestra, Spitalfields Music, English Touring Opera, Creative Partnerships, Trinity Laban and the Royal College of Music. He is regularly consulted by Live Music Now as a trainer for their musicians.

Throughout his career, Julian has also worked with Music for Life, creating new music with people living with dementia and the people who care for them.

As an oboist and performer, Julian’s commitment to new music has led to him taking part in premiers of new works by composers including Julian Grant, Errolyn Wallen, Ken Hesketh, David Knotts, Alasdair Nicolson, Andrew McBirnie and Judith Weir.

Julian‘s performing career has been eclectic: he has premiered new works for solo oboe at the Purcell Room, recorded Stockhausen for BBC Radio 3, performed as a soloist on BBC Radio 2 and appeared with the band Paris Motel at Glastonbury.

Central to Julian’s performing career is his membership of Pipers 3 oboe trio. Together, they form one of Europe’s leading oboe trios, their CD Intercession being seen as a landmark recording. They have performed throughout the UK, in venues as diverse as Wigmore Hall, Tate Britain, Manchester‘s Royal Exchange Theatre, for many music clubs and the St Magnus International Festival.

Julian is part of the core team to be invited by the Wellcome Trust to take up the 2016-18 residency in The Hub at the Wellcome Collection. The group, which includes scientists, artists, clinicians, public health experts and broadcasters, will examine and challenge perceptions of dementia through scientific and creative experimentation.





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@mrjulianwest • Feb 04
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@mrjulianwest • Jan 28
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@mrjulianwest • Jan 14
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@mrjulianwest • Dec 22
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