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Dr. Boris Perrot - Ameteur Classical Guitarist.


Dr. Boris Perrot was the the president of theLondon Philharmonic Society for Guitarist.

Soon after the war, the London Philharmonic Society for Guitarist (PSG) resumes its activities and starts holding frequent meetings once again. Henry Bream sees the advertisement for the meeting on April 21, 1945  in the local guitar magazine and decides to attend with young Julian.  The meetings were not overly formal and towards the end anybody who had brought their guitar was welcome to show the rest of the members what they had been working on. After all the adults had done there best at getting through whatever piece they had been working on, Dr. Perrot points to the youngest member in attendance. He asked Julian if he played the guitar and his father answered that Julian had just started playing. Dr. Perrot asked if he could hear him play something and quickly finds a guitar from another member that Julian can play on. Julian decides to play the Study in B minor by Fernando Sor and everybody in attendance is very impressed with the execution of the study. Henry is surprised by the reaction of all the members and realizes that he had not truly been very attentive at how proficient Julian was becoming with the guitar.  Dr. Perrot is clearly taken by Julian's skills and informs Henry that Julian should be exposed to a formal guitar study. When Henry informs him that Julian has no teacher and that they are both learning with instructional books, Dr. Perrot offers to start teaching him. 


Through the meetings Henry and Julian would come to meet Wilfred Appleby. Mr. Appleby was the editor of the PSG Bulletin and had significant connections in the guitar community in addition to the town of Cheltenham. Apppleby was a major supporter of the traditional Spanish six stringed guitar as the only instrument that should be used to interpret classical guitar music. In addition he felt that Tárrega's method of guitar study was the most comprehensive and effective technique for the instrument. Dr. Perrot was of the belief that alternative guitars could be effectively used in classical guitar music interpretation.  Perrot also supported a guitar technique that was considered very outdated and Appleby described it as archaic. 


Here began the power play between two strong minded men that loved the guitar and its associated music but differed in opinion on the style of guitar used to perform, the methodology used to instruct and when Julian was enough of a performer and interpreter to have his first formal recital. Torn be tween the two points of view was Julian's father, Henry. In the end Henry would have to choose for his son the right path to follow until Julian was old enough to express his desires. Even what would become Julian's professional name as an artist became a topic of discussion until they finally settled on calling Julian by his name - Julian Bream. 


In June of 1946, Wilfred Appleby gains the dominant influence over Henry and Julian's guitar instructions with Dr. Perrot are terminated. After a very short period of studying with Desmond Dupré, Julian is left to a guitar education that is based to some degree on a handful of Tárrega based instruction manuals and a large dose of self-education.


Dr. Perrot continued to have so degree of contact with the Breams. When PSG is finally able to bring Andrés Segovia for a reception, Julian is ask to perform for the maestro. Segovia was very positive in reference to Julian's playing. Despite all the positive feedback, Perrot and the PSG still continued to promise to set up recitals for the Julian to play, including one at the Wigmore Hall but PSG then never followed through with the arrangements. 

A short bio in reference to Dr. Perrot's musical relationship with Julian Bream coming soon.