Julian Fairbank studied Timpani and Percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then, he has enjoyed a varied career in West End theatres, orchestras, and the recording studio. Currently performing in the London production of Mamma Mia, he also worked on the original West End productions of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, and Saturday Night Fever, and has played in the orchestra for the Royal Variety Performance on three occasions.
His studio work can be heard on many television shows, including Victoria Wood, Alas Smith and Jones, French and Saunders, Reeves & Mortimer and The Darling Buds of May; several films, including “Evita” and “Staggered”; numerous jingles, and many pop, library, and cast albums. He has also played percussion on a freelance basis with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among others.
Julian is a founding member of the Percussion ensemble All Bluff & Porterage www.allbluffandporterage.com, playing on all three of their albums, and has taken part in concerts, workshops and master classes at many venues and events including the Purcell Room, the Jazz Café, the Royal Northern College of Music Percussion Day, and “Festival des Journées de la Percussion” at the Paris Conservatoire. Julian recently appeared as “Xylophone Man” in a Direct Line TV commercial.