Julie Dean gained her BMus degree in 1998 at Goldsmith College, London. In 2006, after a successful management career in retail and the licensed trade, she returned to music attending Trinity Conservatoire of Music. She spent four years as a postgraduate studying the recorder with Rebecca Miles and Philip Thorby as well as Viola da Gamba with Alison Crum. Julie has had recorder tuition, courses and masterclasses with Piers Adams, Pamela Thorby, Matthias Maute and Bart Spanhove. Julie is also interested in playing middle eastern percussion instruments. For a personal project she is researching the effects of hearing loss in musicians.
As a recorder player her past performances have included the Greenwich International Early Music Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Handel House Museum, Southbank Centre, London Mozart Players, The Exmoor Singers of London and historical dance group The Renaissance Footnotes. She was a winner of the Trinity College of Music Early Music Competition in 2011 with Ensemble Tramontana, performing with the group at the Greenwich International Early Music Festival 2011. She performs regularly with the comedy and jazz influenced BRLO 'British Recorder Light Orchestra', Belsize Baroque Orchestra as well as many solo and ensemble performances.
Julie works actively with children and adult amateur recorder players, directs several weekly groups, offers individual tuition and conducts for the Society of Recorder Players. She teaches on the Easter Recorder Course in Derbyshire and was also invited by the Société des Amis de Arnold Dolmetsch to teach amateur recorder players from across Europe in a workshop in Le Mans, France.
She is one of the few UK teachers of the Suzuki method for the recorder for early years children and is Suzuki Recorder teacher in St Saviours CE school, Herne Hill, London. She has also been a guest Suzuki teacher at a music school in Germany. She published 4 well researched volumes of 'Rounds for Recorders' aimed at adult recorder players and has also published a mini guidebook 'Looking after your wooden recorder'. Her Teaching Website is www.RecorderGroupsLondon.co.uk.
Julie also runs her online recorder shop, RecorderShopLondon.co.uk and has repaired and revoiced recorders for over 10 years. She has received training and guidance from recorder makers Tim Cranmore and Tom Prescott. She works with amateur and professional players instruments of all sizes and styles.
She regularly gives a presentation to help recorder players understand recorder maintenance and revoicing. The presentation has been delivered in a number of events and venues including various amateur players courses, the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Birmingham conservatoire, and Encontro de Música Antiga de Loulé, Portugal. Julie is a professional member of NAMIR (National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers
Reviews and Comments:
"Wonderful and brilliant as usual. You just seem to bring out the best in us."
- Society of Recorder Players, North London Branch
"She has a lovely positive and relaxed manner which puts all her students at ease and is a natural with children. She has a huge passion for music and teaching which both me and my son have found infectious."
- Emily, Adult recorder player and Suzuki Parent
"It was a great week in your company, the quality of your work, the simplicity
of your discussions with the participants. "
Bellier, President of Société des Amis de Arnold Dolmetsch Society
Recorder workshop, Le Mans, France