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Julian Bream

1972

Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music

When Julian Bream (b.1933) enrolled as a student at the Royal College of Music, classical guitar was not offered as a principal study. In the years following his London début concert in 1950, Bream's tireless work promoting first the guitar and subsequently the lute have been largely responsible for the rise in profile of these instruments and their repertoire. In particular his performances with Peter Pears of Elizabethan lute songs, and with the Julian Bream Consort, led to both a revival of interest in these areas of repertoire and numerous new works for guitar by composers including Arnold, Britten, Tippett, Takemitsu and Walton.

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  • Title: Julian Bream
  • Date created: 1972
  • Provenance: Gift from the artist, RCA Records and Faber Music, 1975
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Acrylic on fibreglass & wood

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