The remastered recording of the concert performance of Julian's opera, Tristan & Isolde, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 12 November at 2 pm.



BBC FOUR'S September 2020 documentary, Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History, features a series of Black composers and musicians from the time of Henry VIII to the present day, many of whom either enjoyed great fame during their lifetimes or else struggled to find prominence in the face of social and cultural discrimination. The programme reveals how they have since been largely forgotten, sidelined or simply erased from the historical record.


Among them, George Polgreen Bridgetower, was a violin prodigy who became renowned throughout Europe in the early 1800s. A favourite of George IV and Beethoven, Bridgetower is the central protagonist of Julian's jazz opera, Bridgetower – A Fable of 1807, commissioned to mark 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.




"We’ve left it so long. We’ve left it too long and I’ve thought I want to tell stories about culturally what makes a person like me exist. I want to reflect who I am with music and stories. We have to delve into our history; we must start telling our own stories." Julian Joseph, 2007

“Seamless, inspiring bridges between jazz and classical, black and white.” The Stage

Click here for programme notes from English Touring Opera's 2007 production.


Join one of the UK’s finest jazz composers – internationally renowned pianist, bandleader and broadcaster Julian Joseph – for an inspirational conversation hosted by multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer and recently appointed The Ivors Academy Jazz Committee Chair Orphy Robinson MBE.

We’ll explore Julian Joseph’s unique creative output, passion for jazz and dedication to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of talent. Discover how Julian Joseph’s journey has unfolded, from career defining moments through to his commitment to engage with young Jazz creators and initiatives like The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

This informal chat hosted by Orphy Robinson MBE, will provide an opportunity to ask questions directly to both composers.

Premiered at London's QEH on 5 & 6 October 2018, the opera, commissioned by the BBC, features the Julian Joseph Trio and members of his All-Star Big Band along with the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

In the lead roles are:

Carleen Anderson as Isolde

Ken Papenfus as Tristan

Christine Tobine as Iuliana

Renato Paris as Marko

Cleveland Watkiss as Vasile

Conducted by Clark Rundell


Julian's recent commission, recorded live at its premiere at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in July 2018, is featured on a new CD by the Chineke! Orchestra, released on 17 January 2020.





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"It’s hard to frown during Julian Joseph’s Carry That Sound, a fluent exercise in orchestral jazz."

Geoff Brown, The Times

Featured on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics,

29 January 2020

RHAPSODY IN BLUE (arr. Joseph)

Julian will be performing his arrangement of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' for jazz trio and big band at London's Barbican Hall on 27 September 2019 at 7.30 pm. 

For more info and tickets, click here.



The concert performance of Julian's new opera, premiered at London's Southbank Centre, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 9 October 2018 at 7.30 pm.

Hear Julian talking about his new jazz opera, Tristan & Isolde, to be premiered at the QEH on Friday 5 October, on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. With performances by Renato Paris, Cleveland Watkiss and Ken Papenfus.



Julian has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to music.

CARRY THAT SOUND (World Premiere)

The Chineke! Orchestra will be performing Julian's new commission, "Carry That Sound" at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on 21 July 2018. Click here for tickets.

Hear Julian on BBC Radio 3's In Tune ahead of the world premiere performance of his new commission, 'Carry That Sound'.

In Music of Initiative Julian Joseph shares his insight into the philosophy and practice of jazz and jazz performance. With incisive text, stunning imagery, and downloadable exercises and videos, this unique guide teaches the listener of jazz how to immerse themselves in the music, and the performer how to approach learning repertoire and improvisation. Bold, provocative, thoughtful and deeply inspiring, Music of Initiative will provide life-long stimulation and inspiration to fans, and performers, of jazz.

Omnibus Press, 2018.

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