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BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)

This Month's Cover Portrait by A.P. Sharpe
June 1947, p 161


Julian Bream is the cover story of the month with an article written by the editor detailing his brief life and his many accomplishments so far.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
March 1945. p 127


There is no mention of Julian Bream in this issue. The only reason why this early issue is being included here is because it contained the advert announcing that the London Philharmonic Society for Guitarist (PSG) will be resuming its activities after being temporarily inactive during WWII. The first meeting was scheduled for April 21, 1945.


Henry and Julian were avid readers of the BMG magazine and read the notice on the March edition.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column, "A New Sonata" by Wilfred M. Appleby
August 1946 p. 203


The announcement that a new composition "Sonata in A" by Terry Usher has been published by the Clifford Essex Music Co.


Webmaster's note:

This sonata was dedicated to Julian Bream and while he never recorded the piece, he did play it in his recitals for many years.  

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
June 1948 p. 181


Appleby discusses Ernest Shand's Concerto pour Guitare et Quatour, op. 48. and how the concerto has been largely ignored for half a century and how Julian Bream, along with Reginald Evans at the piano, played it at Hampton. The review was extremely favourable and Julian was praised for his playing of technically difficult passages in the concerto.


Julian Bream by Wilfred M. Appleby
June 1948 p. 182-183


Appleby brings up the problem of financing Julian Bream's education and establishing his career. He feels that it is the responsibility of music lovers in Britain to foster the talents of such a promising musician. Julian is nearly 15 and will be finishing school in a few months. He mentions the Julian Bream Fund and asked that people who love music of all kinds to consider donating to the fund.


Guitar Review
1949, No. 8, p. 49-50


An announcement that Julian has been accepted to the Royal College of Music where he will become a student at the college but with the purpose of studying composition and the piano as his first instrument. Julian can continue to play the guitar as long as it does not interfere with his studies.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
August 1949, p. 236


A review of Julian performance on radio broadcast for the BBC Third Programme. An English version of Lorca's "Blood Wedding", the music written by Eduardo M. Tomer. Bream plays with Desmond Dupre.

Webmaster's notes:
Mr. Appleby stretches the truth considerably when he states in his articles that Julian Bream "goes to the college as a guitarist although he will also study the piano." The guitar was to be considered an extra-curricular activity and it was not meant to interfere with his primary musical education and first instrument, the piano.


This issue also has the first advertisement for the sale of Julian Bream's edited and fingered works by famous composers.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby

February 1947 p. 87


This issue contains an article on the importance of formal education for the Spanish classical guitar in musical institutions in Britain.  The last half of the article focuses on Julian’s brilliant performance at his "trial" recital. The recital was for a specially invited audience at the Cheltenham Public Library, Art Gallery and Museum in the Chinese Porcelaine Room.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)

Notes and Comments by A.P. Sharpe
March 1949, p. 117


In an article about tolerance of all fretted instruments. It stated that only small-minded classical guitar players would ever look down on other forms of guitar playing. It was mentioned that many classical guitar players start out playing other guitars, Julian Bream was a case in point. 


Clifford Essex Co. significantly increases the size for the edited and fingered Julina Bream concert solos.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
Julian Bream at Cheltenham by Alfred M. Appleby
February 1948, p. 89-90

Julian is a guest artist with Arthur Cole’s Cheltenham Spa Palm Court Orchestra at the Town Hall. The performance is reviewed very favourably.


The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
February 1948, p. 87


A very favourable Andres Segovia concert review.  Segovia plays Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concerto in D. Op. 99 for guitar and orchestra with the New London Orchestra and Alec Sherman conducting.


Webmaster's notes:

This is the concert that young Julian Bream attended with his father. In numerous interviews throughout his career, Bream has mentioned the importance of this experience for him as a child seeing Segovia perform and wanting to play the classical guitar professionally himself.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)

The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
December 1946 p. 47-48


This issue contains a summary and stunning review of Julian Bream by Wilfred Appleby. The article focuses on Julian’s performance at the British Federation of BMG Junior Trophy rally. Dr. Peroot stated that in his whole 56 years experience with the guitar he had never had such a brilliant pupil. Towards the end of the article, a plea is made toward the readership to help in the quest to provide the young Julian with a first-rate modern concert guitar.


Ibid, Federation News, p. 54

Julian played at a Federation Rally of different fret players. It was expected that he would be well received but the reviewer was not prepared for the "tumultuous" reception he received. He got a huge standing ovation.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
Homage to Segovia by Wilfred M. Appleby
January 1948, p. 73


Segovia attends a PSG reception at Alliance Hall with classical guitarist and singer Olga Coelho. Segovia invites Julian to play. After Julian's unscheduled performance is finished, Segovia acknowledges that the young guitarist has great promise.



BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
This Month's Cover Portrait by A.P. Sharpe
April 1948, p 131


Dr. Boris Perott is the cover story of the month with an article written by the editor detailing his life and his contributions to the guitar. It mentions that Julian Bream has been his most outstanding students along with Alexis Chesnakoff.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
February 1949, p. 102


Appleby announcing the availability of the six concert solos edited and fingered by Julian Bream and published by the Clifford Essex Co. He comments on the difficulty of the individual pieces.


1-Francisco Tárrega's "Study in A Major"

2-Napoleon Coste's "Rondo"

3-Francisco Tárrega's "Capricho Arabe"

4-Aguado's "Adagio"

5-Fernando Sor's Minuet in D Major

6-Fernando Sor's Minuet in A Major

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
January  1949, p. 78


An announcement that Julian has been granted a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. A quick summary of how Julian's interview came to be and the outcome. Julian can continue to play the guitar as long as it does not interfere with his studies.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
November  1948, p. 28


A review of Julian Bream's recital at Witney Social Centre, Oxfordshire. This is the first time that Julian performs a recital that is mainly attended by non-guitarist. His prior recital had been attended mainly by people that were aficionados of the guitar. The recital was a huge success.


Webmaster's note:

Also on p. 28, there is a brief mention of Julian Bream's portrait being published alongside that of Segovia and Schubert in an article on Segovia in a magazine called Everybody's.


Ibid, Cut the Cackle by A.P. Sharpe

The editor, Sharpe, took offense when a promoter for the BBC Music in Your Home referred to Julian in a manner not in keeping with the dignity of the music he plays. He introduced Julian by saying "Our little shrimp is going to play...I hope he won't mind me calling him a 'little shrimp'...".


Ibid,  "Nocturne" Poll, p. 35

A poll of the musicians that had appeared on the BBC programme Nocturne. Julian came in third.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
October 1945 p. ii and 14

The announcement that a new composition "Suite for Spanish Guitar" by Terry Usher has been published by the Clifford Essex Music Co.

Webmaster's note:
This sonata was written for Julian Bream on Henry Bream's insistence. Unfortunately, the young Julian Bream had already well passed this level of composition and was already performing pieces significantly more difficult. I does not appear that he ever perfomed this suite in any of his recitals as a youth.

Guitar Review

1948, No. 7, p. 22


PSG arranged Julian’s first London debut at Alliance Hall. The recital was a huge success. The stage at the Alliance hall was very low and Julian had to sit and play on top of a table that was just wide enough for his chair and footstool. The sound was amplified by using a “contact microphone”. The recital was organized by PSG and the proceeds were to go to the Julian Bream Fund


BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column, Guitar Recital by Wilfred M. Appleby
April 1947 p. 124


This issue contains an article on the large number of guitar makers currently building Spanish classical guitars.  The last half of the article focuses on Julian’s brilliant performance at his first formal public recital. The recital was at the Cheltenham Public Library, Art Gallery and Museum. He premiered the "Sonata in A" by Terry Usher.


Ibid, The Spanish Guitar column, The Guitar in Holland, p. 125

Appleby mentions that Ries de Hilster from Holland has composed and then recently dedicated a Prelude to Julian Bream.


Magazine articles: 1945 - 1949

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
A Message from Segovia to PSG
July 1948, p. 202


The notice was printed to inform the BMG readership that Segovia was acknowledging Julian Bream's talent and that it was worthy of being nurtured. Julian will need financial assistance and a fund should be set up in his name for the purposes of education. This note was sent to Dr. Boris Perott and the rest of the membership at the PSG. It mentions the establishing of the Julian Bream Fund.



BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column, section "Our Julian" by Wilfred M. Appleby
August 1948, p. 216


Julian performed on a BBC radio programme aired on Thursday evening called Nocturne. The show featured fretted instruments and was broadcast over different countries. The radio show happened to be heard by several famous guitarists throughout different countries. Several remarked on how impressed they were with Julian’s playing abilities. The programme helped establish Julian outside of England.



BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
May 1949, p. 166


The Cultural Society of Brazilian Guitarists in Sao Paolo, founded by Isaias Savio, sent a letter late last year to Sir Dyson signed by 36 guitarist thanking him for granting the Julian Bream a scholarship.




This page is dedicated to the magazine articles that have been published in reference to Julian Bream from 1945 to 1949. Many of these were cover stories where Julian Bream was not just the topic of one of the articles included but his picture was on the cover as well. I have tried to include a few lines in reference to the main focus of the article where ever possible.  If the full or partial article is available on line, a link will be provided. BMG magazine was very instrumental in establishing Julian Bream's popularity as a guitar player during his childhood, therefor, nearly every magazine issue is included no matter how minute the mention may be. Later on, when he is a famous adult professional guitarist, only the magazines that have an article where he is the main focus have been included. Julian Bream is mentioned in passing in nearly every classical guitar magazine published since the 1960s.  Andres Segovia is likely the only guitarist that is mentioned more frequently than Bream in non-Bream related classical guitar articles. 

Guitar Review
Vol. 1, No. 3, 1947, p. 64


A review on Julian Bream's "trial" recital at Cheltenham Public Library, Art Gallery and Museum in the Chinese Porcelaine Room in the prestigious New York magazine, Guitar Review. This is the first time that Julian Bream is mentioned in an American publication.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
Notes and Comments editorial column by A. P. Sharpe
September 1948, p. 229


The editor of BMG commented on the reviews written by The Times and the Daily Mail. They both wrote a very favourable review of Julian Bream at the Alliance Hall recital but criticized the small hall selected and the poor advertising. PSG had organized the event.


Ibid, The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby, p. 237

Appleby also praises Julian Bream's recital at the Alliance Hall and mentions that The Daily Mail headed its report with "Boy Guitarist is Brilliant". The article mentions the Julian Bream Fund established by the PSG.


Ibid, The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby, p. 238

"Mrs. Louie Nellie Shand, widow of Ernest Shand, passed away at her home
in Sutton Coldfield on July 14. In spite of her illness, she took a keen ·interest
in Julian Bream's recital of her husband's "Concerto ." "

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
July 1945


First time Julian's picture is published within the pages of a magazine dedicated to fretted instruments. A small paragraph mentions his acclaimed technical accomplishments at the age of 11. It states that he also plays the plectrum and Hawaiian guitar.


BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
October 1947, p. 8


A short mention of Julian Bream's performance for radio broadcast - Spanish section for the BBC overseas service on short-wave transmission. A British artist performs Spanish compositions, on a Spanish guitar, to the Spanish nation!

Ibid, Correspondence, p. 88

A reader of the BMG writes to the magazine to state his thrill upon listening to Julian perform on the "Nocturne" program and being appalled to hear the announcer refer to him as a "little shrimp".

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)

Club Notes column

February 1946, p. 95


PSG January meeting. Julian Bream is mentioned as one of the players who performed.

BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar)
The Spanish Guitar column by Wilfred M. Appleby
May 1948, p. 162


A very brief mention made that Julian Bream had played guitar for a movie called Saraband for Dead Lovers.


Webmaster's note:

In one short segment in the film, Julian played while an actor in the movie was strumming the guitar.


Ibid, Club Notes, p. 163

Julian Bream performed at the March PSG meeting.