My goal is to create an extensive timeline and then eventually write a comprehensive biography page for this site. I will slowly add to this timeline as my free time becomes available.


1933

Julian Alexander Bream

Born July 15, 1933, in Battersea, England.

Son of Henry G. Bream (a commercial artist) and Violet J. Wright


1935

Soon afterwards the family moved to 25, Cleveland Avenue, Hampton, London, England


Remembers being fascinated by the sound of the grand piano his father had just bought for their home.


1936

The birth of his sister Janice Bream

1941
Evacuated to a farm out in the country side of north east England (Shropshire) due to WWII. Bream first remembers the guitar when his father came to visit with a guitar and would accompany the farmer's wife while she played the organ and sang hymns.


1942
Arrived back home from being evacuated the first time.

1943

The birth of his brother Anthony J. Bream


Started to have piano lessons with a local professor. JB liked playing but not practicing.


Evacuated for the second time to a farm out in the country side of England (Cornwall) again due to WWII. Returns home in 1944.


1944

His father had a dance band and seeing guitars in the home renewed his interest in them. Shortly after this period JB would play around with the guitars while his father was out of the house.

His father eventually caught him playing one of his guitars. Instead of chastising him he asked Julian if he wanted to learn how to play. So here started Julian's first guitar lesson. His father taught him the jazz guitar.

After a few months JB was already starting to "sit in" on his father's dance band.

JB's father starts a juvenile band so JB could play with 5 other children, Julian is still studying the piano.

Classical music was starting to capture JB attention more and more


1944
July 15

JB 11th birthday, his dad brings him an old classical guitar. JB's dad's interest also starts shifting toward Spanish classical guitar music and starts losing interest in his dance band. The both learned through tutorial books.

 1945
JB's father encourages a career in music but with a orchestral instrument (guitar was not considered an orchestral instrument or even widely accepted as a solo classical instrument at this time. ). JB took up the cello.

 
April 21
The London Philharmonic Society for Guitarist resumes its meeting after the war and JB and his father start attending the meetings. Julian is asked to play the first time he attends and his first public performance at the meeting was very well received among the members. The president of the society, Dr. Boris Perrot, offers to start teaching him.


??JB hears a Segovia recording for the first time playing a Tarrega piece on a 78rpm record.


June 23,

JB plays at the following PSG meeting. "Salut d' Amour" by Elgar, arranged by Obregon, "Danse Nord" by Giuliani and "Andante" by Diabelli.
 

July 16

Henry writes to the BBC for an audition but does not not hear back from them till June 1946.


Summer 1945
JB wins a Junior Exhibition Award, given by the London County Council, for playing the piano and he is granted free tuition to learn piano at London's Royal College of Music on Saturday mornings. He was 12 years old.


July 21 and August 18

At PSG meeting Julian plays with his father duets by Scarlatti and Carulli. Julian then played a solo by César Frank, a waltz by Carcasi and a study by Carulli.


September

PGS meeting "Légende" by Shands, "Andantino" by Carcasi and "Prélude et Impromptu"


begins his Saturday sessions at the Royal Collage of Music. A tuition granted to him for winning the competition playing the piano earlier that year.



October

Henry takes Julian to meet Victor Olaf of Decca. Mr. Olaf is greatly impressed by Julians guitar plaing and insists tha he concentrate only on classical music. Additionally, he states that while Julian is likely ready to record, it would probably be best to wait a year.

??JB hears a Segovia recording for the first time playing a Tarrega piece on a 78rpm record.

 

Dr. Perrot informs JB and his father that Andres Segovia will be playing his first post-war concert in England. Arranges for Julian to meet and play for Segovia.

 

1946
January 5

PSG hold their annual general meeting at Alliance Hall in Westminster. Wilfrid Appleby from BMG attends his first PSG meeting. Preludium by Giuliani, Rondoletto by Darr and Calme du Soir, op. 58.

Appleby announces to the members tha Julian is the brightest hope for the classical guitar in England. Appleby privately admonished Henry for allowing Perott to teach Julian his archaic pedagogical approach.


February 16

invited to the British Federation of Banjoist, Mandolinist and Guitarist at Alliance Hall. Julian plays Study No. 5 in B minor by Sor and Légende, op. 201 by Shand. Another extremely succesful performace

March 6

Julian performs the Grand Solo for Guitar by Sor at the PGS meeting. His performace of the difficult was so mature that his father realizes for the first time that his son truly possesses a gift for the guitar.


June

JB terminates his lessons with Dr. Perrot. He and his father felt that while efforts in teaching julian discipline towards his intrument was appreciated, he  was teaching an outdated method compared to the teachings of the Spanish classical guitarist such as Tarrega, Llobet and Segovia.


Receives an official invitation from the BBC to audition on July 4, 1946.


July 4

Auditions for BBC but later received a leter stating despite Julian being a promising musician in the future, they did not feel he was ready.


July 16

Julian performs for the PSG with his new technique. Everybody, including Dr. Perrot, congratulates him on his advanced playing.


August

Starts lessons with Desmond Dupré


October 20

BFBMG Junior Trophy rally at Central Hall in Westminster. Julian does not compete but performs as a "special" item at the end. Performs Rondoletto by Darr. The audience was so taken by the performance they applauded for numerous encores.  Julian played a Study and Prelude by Carcassi. While the audience applauded for more, Julian bowed and left the stage after the second encore. Julian signs autographs for the first time.


November

Julian asked to play a very select after-dinner party, along with other entertainment, for the guest of Prince and Princess Galitzine in Knightsbridge.


December 5

Julian plays a short recital for the Annual Social of the Brompton Ward Conservative Association in Kensington.


December 17

Julian plays the cello for the London County Council Junior Exhibitioners (public concert)



???JB has 2 lessons with Segovia. Segovia extends to JB the possibility of teaching him full time if the funds could be raised to cover cost of teaching and travel but sadly it fell through.

 

JB decided develop his guitar technique on his own, through trial and error.

 

Begins a series of radio and television programs

 

1947
January 18

Tondilla and I Capuletti ed I Montecchi for PSG.
Feb 17, 1947-First formal recital at Cheltenham was a success. He was 13yrs old.

 

One day in 1947, his dad buys a lute guitar from a sailor for 2 quids.1947
Made professional debut


Late 1940-early 1950

recorded incidental music for BBC radio plays.


1952-1955

served in British Army, playing in dance band.


1954

First recording session destined for release on a phonograph  record. The recording sessions were for Westminster as a lutenist accompanying the vocal ensemble Golden Age Singers.


1955

Began his recording and touring career as a primary artist. Recorded an album of Elizabethan lute songs with Peter Pears on Decca label- Elizabethan Lute Songs: vol. 1 of An Anthology of English Song . While this was not his first recording session destined to be released on a phonograph record, it was his first released phonograph recording. It was also the first released recording where he was considered a main artist of the release receiving essentially equal billing with Peter Pears (an already established performer).


First recordings for Westminster as a primary artist, not a session musician Spanish Guitar Music: Turina, de falla, Sor and  Guitar Music of  Villa-Lobos and Tórroba.


1956

Release of  both Spanish Guitar Music: Turina, de Falla, Sor and  Guitar Music of  Villa-Lobos and Tórroba.

Recorded A Bach Recital for the Guitar and Julian Bream Plays Dowland


1957

Release of A Bach Recital for the Guitar and Julian Bream Plays Dowland. These would be his last recording for the Westminster label.

1958

Made U.S. debut

Recorded a second album of Elizabethan lute songs with Peter Pears again on the Decca label- A Recital of Lute Songs. Although Bream would continue to  record with Peter Pears in the future, this would be the last time that Julian Bream would record on the Decca label.


1959

Recorded his first sessions for RCA Victor in the USA- The Art of Julian Bream.


1960

formed Julian Bream Consort, 1960.


1976

Subject of television biography A Life in the Country.


1982

Author, with Tony Palmer, of A Life on the Road, Macdonald

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