Julian Thomas has been Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls' Choir at Norwich Cathedral since September, 2001.
He gained his early musical training as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and, then, as a music and academic scholar at Charterhouse, before going to Jesus College, Cambridge, to read music as Organ Scholar. Whilst there, he directed both the Chapel Choir and the College Mixed Choir, and studied the organ with David Sanger.
After graduating, Julian moved to Lincoln Cathedral to take up the new post of Second Assistant Organist and, in July, 2000, became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, gaining the Harding and Durrant prizes.
He has appeared on both radio and television accompanying and conducting choirs in Lincoln and Norwich, and has been involved with several CD recordings that have met with critical acclaim.
In addition to his Cathedral duties, Julian teaches the organ and gives regular recitals (recent venues include Blackburn, St Edmundsbury, and Southwark Cathedrals, and the Temple Church, London). He has participated in a number of masterclasses with, amongst others, Naji Hakim and Nicolas Kynaston. Julian is Director of the Edington Music Festival (a church music festival that takes place in Wiltshire each August). Also, he directs the Norwich Cathedral Consort and is chorus-master of the University of East Anglia Choir.