Cumbria’s got talent

September Feature Musician – Julian Winn

Julian was brought up in Cumbria, where he learned the violin and played with Cumbria Youth Orchestra. Now a professional composer, we welcomed Julian to our 2018 Summer Showcase Concert at The Sands, Carlisle to hear CYO perform his Perpetuum Mobile. The piece will performed by the National Children’s Orchestra in November and has been specially selected by violinist Nicola Benedetti to feature in a workshop at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in October.


What’s your job? Composer, arranger, and teacher.


What instruments do you play? Violin, piano


How and when did you first become interested in music? My first school production of ‘Joseph’ at Scaws infant school in Penrith!


How did you start your career in music? Playing keyboards in the West End production of ‘Joseph’ at the London Palldium


What’s the best thing about being involved with music? Inspiring people of all ages


What’s your most memorable musical experience? Playing in my first symphony Orchestra – the CYO!


Do you have any other interests? Running


What are your top tips for young musicians? Work hard, but enjoyment is a priority!