Pupilswere thrilled to welcome one of the world’s finest clarinetists, Julian Bliss, to School for a unique chance to be taught and inspired by this exceptional musician. Julian shared his musical brilliance with twelve lucky musicians, first hecoached the Clarinet Ensemble and then Julian gave masterclasses to Jason Perry, Oscar Jack and Joe Pineger.

Julian started playing the clarinet at the age of 4 and is a practiced concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has also created his own range of affordable clarinets, Leblanc Bliss, and in doing so has increased the popularity of this wonderful instrument.

Julian has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London) and Lincoln Center (New York). As a soloist, current performances include concerts with the Sao Paolo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and London Philharmonic.

“To have Julian with us for a whole day is an absolute privilege and once in a lifetime opportunity.
Everyone has learnt a great deal and he has inspired our musicians to challenge themselves
further.” said Tim McVittie, Director of Music.

“I love playing the clarinet, it makes me feel alive.” said Joe Pineger, age 11 and currently working towards his grade 7. “To have Julian here, is a dream come true. I have developed a number of new techniques which I am looking forward to applying in my grade 7 exam next week!”