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Julian Marshall

Born: 1954

Nationality: British

Julian Marshall has a wealth of experience as a songwriter, composer, teacher, lecturer, mentor and musician. Following education at Dartington Hall School and the Royal College of Music, he became internationally known as the co-creator (with Kit Hain) of the 1970s group Marshall Hain, whose single Dancing in the City went platinum in 1978. He was also a member of the band The Flying Lizards who scored a top five UK hit with the single Money in 1979. In the 1980s he formed the group Eye to Eye with American songwriter and singer Deborah Berg. The group recorded two classic albums for Warner Brothers produced by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz and a latter-day third album produced by Roxy Music producer Rhett Davies.

During the 1980s and 90s, as well as writing and recording his own music, Marshall produced records, played as a session musician on both sides of the Atlantic and worked in A&R for Boulevard Records in LA and Polydor Records in the UK.

Since the early 1990s, he has run his own highly successful teaching, mentoring and (more recently) coaching practice. He has taught and lectured at Dartington College of Arts, Plymouth University, Middlesex University and Dartington International Summer School. He is a Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London. From 2010 to 2015 he co-launched and was creative director of London Song Company, an organization for songwriters offering a range of training and opportunities across a broad stylistic brief.

Today, composing music takes a centre-stage role in his creative life. As well as the many songs for Marshall Hain, The Flying Lizards and Eye to Eye, Marshall has also composed music for film, theatre and the concert hall. This includes Old Enough, an Orion Pictures film directed by Marissa Silver, the short film Still Life directed by Emma George and the score for the play Shakespeare’s Will at the Clwyd Theatre (2010).

In recent years, he has turned his attention to choral music, composing a cantata for SATB, 2 celli and mezzo soprano Out of the Darkness (for Melanie Pappenheim), a follow-up work, for SATB, six celli and tenor, The Angel in the Forest (for James Gilchrist), a series of Christmas carols on traditional texts including In dulci jubilo, In the bleak midwinter and The holly and the ivy, and a collection of William Blake settings, Dark Disputes and Artful Teasing. He has many works in progress. Autumn 2018 sees the inaugural concerts of The Schoolhouse Six Ensemble – an octet of outstanding singers formed by Julian to present performances of both his own music and that of others. 

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The music of Julian Marshall is published by Novello & Co. Ltd.
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