Julia Bradshaw

Cello & Chamber Music

Julia Bradshaw began her musical life in Bedfordshire, where the County Youth Orchestra sparked a lifelong love of orchestral playing.

She took a Performers course at the Royal Academy of Music where her teachers included Florence Hooton and Lilly Phillips. She spent many hours receiving invaluable coaching in  string quartet and piano trio ensembles from Sidney Griller.


After 4 years at the RAM she spent a further year studying with Bruno Schrecker of the Allegri String Quartet and teaching in many different schools all over London. These included Trinity Boys, Croyden, Camden Girls, and Brunel University where she also regularly gave concerts as cellist in the resident Piano Trio there. In addition she spent time freelancing whenever possible.


In 1979, within 18 month of leaving the RAM, she was offered a post in the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. The ten years spent there were a constant reminder of the necessity of being versatile as a musician as the repertoire was diverse – one moment “Broadway”, the next Beethoven.

In 1989 she moved north and became Assistant Principal Cello of  the BBC Philharmonic based in Manchester.  After 24 years in this position, having had the privilege of working with many international conductors and soloists, both in concert and on CD, toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, given  a concert for the Sultan of Oman and played in the desert in Morocco amongst other unusual venues, Julia decided it was time to scale down her work schedule and so gave up her full-time position with the orchestra in March 2013.

She will continue to work as a freelance player with the orchestras based in the North West, and as a teacher for students of all ages.  She has always found coaching young cellists very rewarding and exciting. From her own earliest Youth Orchestra days to the present, she has enjoyed the friendships that unite musicians, whether they are from the orchestral world, or from the cello ensembles that have sprung up spontaneously to have fun making music together.



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