Main Composer Information
Educated at Dartington Hall School and The Royal College of Music, Julian Marshall became known internationally in the late ’70s as co-creator (with Kit Hain) of the group Marshall Hain – and especially for their massive hit record Dancing in the City. He was also a member of The Flying Lizards who scored a top 5 hit with Money in 1979. In the 80’s he formed the group Eye to Eye with American songwriter and performer Deborah Berg – recording two classic albums for Warner Brothers produced by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz and a latter day third album produced by Rhett Davies.
He has been an A&R man for Polydor records, produced records, played as a session musician on both sides of the Atlantic, been a life long improviser and jazz player and given solo improvised piano recitals – latterly providing music for Shaping the Invisible – the theatre company he formed with theatre maker and performer Emma Roberts. He has also spent many years running his own highly successful teaching and mentoring practice while also lecturing at Dartington College of Arts, Plymouth University and elsewhere.
But it is composition that has been his consuming passion over time – now firmly at the centre of his creative life. Compositions include a broad range of music – from a Missa Brevis written when the composer was 17 (composed for and recorded by the Dartington Hall School choir); many jazz compositions for own bands (which include being played live, recorded and broadcast); many songs for above named bands; a film score for the Orion Pictures movie Old Enough; a millennium commission written for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and several school choirs entitled The Clock of the Long Now (written with a text by poet Rose Cook). His cantata Out of the Darkness was premiered in March 2009 and he has several works in progress.