Julian Wilkins

Conductor: CBSO Youth Chorus
Associate Chorus Director: CBSO Chorus


Julian Wilkins is a versatile, dynamic and inspiring conductor, organist and pianist, working throughout the UK and overseas with prestigious musical organisations including the CBSO and Choruses, Hallé Choir, Brandenburg Sinfonia and Baroque Soloists, East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD), Association of Irish Choirs, BBC Proms Youth Choir, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Sing Up – the Music Manifesto’s National Singing Programme.

Educated at Wells Cathedral School as a chorister and specialist musician, and at St Catharine's College, Cambridge as an organ scholar, Julian has performed in many of the world’s cathedrals and leading concert venues as conductor, soloist and accompanist. He has appeared on BBC and independent television and radio, and on Peter Gabriel’s ground-breaking and Grammy-winning soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s film "The Last Temptation of Christ".

Julian is Associate Conductor of the CBSO Chorus, working with Simon Halsey to prepare them for conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Sakari Oramo, Oliver Knussen, Martyn Brabbins, Olari Elts, Gianandrea Noseda, James MacMillan, John Storgårds, Jac van Steen, Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Mark Elder. He is Conductor of CBSO Youth Chorus and Music Director of Cambridge Chorale, University of Birmingham Chorus, and Phoenix – a Cambridgeshire-based SATB youth choir, mixed-voice training choir, primary school singing network and early years’ singing programme.

As a respected teacher, mentor and choral consultant he teaches at the University of Birmingham for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate pathways in Choral Conducting, is a member of the teaching panel for the ABCD National Conducting Courses, and is Vocal Coach and Guest Conductor for the City of Birmingham Choir directed by Adrian Lucas. He has co-directed the Art of Choral Direction course at Sherborne Summer School of Music with David Lawrence, and the Sintra International Singing and Choral Conducting Course in Portugal with Ghislaine Morgan.

JJW Photo Nov2013.

Julian is in demand as a guest conductor, recitalist, accompanist and choral workshop leader, popular with musicians and audiences of all ages. He has adjudicated for the BBC Young Musician competition, the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the City of Derry International Choral Festival, and at a number of regional music competitions and festivals.