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Julian Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Music and Musical Theatre

Julian studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, developing a career as a soloist, orchestral musician, orchestrator, arranger, conductor and musical director in theatre. In a long association with the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, Julian became recognised as an advocate of the works of Stephen Sondheim. In addition to many international conducting engagements, notable theatre credits as musical director in London, the provinces, on Broadway and throughout the U.S. include Stephen Sondheim's Company, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures, Follies, Sunday In The Park With George, Into The Woods, A Little Night Music, Jerry Herman's Mack And Mabel and The Best Of Times, the Kander and Ebb musicals Chicago, The Rink and 70, Girls, 70!, West Side Story, On Your Toes, Carousel, The King And I, Oliver!, Forty-second Street, Piaf, Calamity Jane, The Rocky Horror Show, Singin’ In The Rain and Riverdance on Broadway. Julian conducted and orchestrated the world and Broadway premiers of Boublil and Schonberg's The Pirate Queen, and the European premier of Adam Guettel's The Light In The Piazza in 2009, whilst engaged by the University of Chichester as a Senior Lecturer in Music and Musical Theatre.

Special areas of research and interest include sacred renaissance choral music and theatre orchestration.

In recognition of his work as an educator, Julian was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).