Julia White

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Julia White is a professional oboist, Irish whistle and piano player who has travelled the world performing on cruise ships for Cunard.
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Julia has played oboe, piano and Irish Whistles for numerous concerts, services, ceremonies and events, and has performed in every continent but Antarctica! She is available as a soloist, with backing tracks, or with accompaniment from a live pianist, guitarist or cello player. She has a Masters in Music Performance from Birmingham Conservatoire, and a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma with distinction from Trinity College of Music. On completing her studies, Julia played with Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, Chile on cor anglais and oboe, first as a guest soloist, and then as a permanent member of the orchestra. She played the extended cor anglais solos in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, receiving excellent reviews in the Chilean national press. She now freelances in orchestras in London and further afield, with orchestras and ensembles large and small, and as a soloist. She also works as a session musician, and has recorded for Britz, a Channel 4 drama, for Solar Music (music for TV/advertising), composer Tanera Dawkins (for Scandinavian TV) and Ex Animo productions (music for short film). CD and DVD recordings include The World of the Oboe on the Oboe Classics label, operatic arias with internationally renowned tenor Ian Storey and Sinfonia Musicisti, and works for narrator and orchestra for Sinfonia Musicisti. Julia also recorded the demo tracks arranged by Solar Music to accompany the collection of oboe pieces Microjazz Oboe by Christopher Norton. In her performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto in St. John’s, Smith Square, London, she was described as ‘an ideal interpreter’ of the work: ‘This was a most assured performance, full of warm lyricism and dazzling virtuosity’ – Bob Briggs, Music Web International. Her chamber music performances include collaboration with the Carducci Quartet, and as soloist with string principals from Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra. She is experienced in providing interactive music for frail/ill elderly people and people with mental health problems, and gives concerts in hospitals and nursing homes for Music in Hospitals & Care and CW+.

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Julia's Reviews

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Diane M
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Julia played brilliantly for our coronation celebration. Her Irish whistle solo of Danny Boy was one of the highlights of the evening and I am enormously grateful to her. She is not only a talented musician but also very professional being both punctual and diligent as well as being a delightful person to work with.

Reply from Julia
11 months ago

Thank you Diane! It was a pleasure to play for your event.

Anne P
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

It was a real pleasure having Julia play. Julia was easy to work with in the planning, thoughtfully checking in on a few details I’d have missed otherwise. On the day arrived early to meet with other musicians and fitted in seamlessly to play with the others during the service. The solo of Gabriel’s Oboe was absolutely beautiful and many people commented on how wonderful and moving the piece was. Thank you again Anne

Reply from Julia
11 months ago

Thank you Anne!

From other customers:

El S
17 years ago

We could not forget to mention the expressive and beautiful sound of the cor anglais at the beginning of the third act. Lovely sound, impeccable intonation, precise phrases, shapes and articulations, but above all an expressiveness that was fundamental for the resulting dramatic finale.

Bob I
14 years ago

Strauss's Oboe Concerto found an ideal interpreter tonight. Julia White is an alumnus of Morley College and after several years playing with the Santiago Philharmonic she has returned to her home shores to continue her career. This was a most assured performance, full of warm lyricism and dazzling virtuosity. From the outset the music floated on air, both White and Peebles understanding that this is not a serious piece but an 18th century divertissement, meant to be enjoyed and not pondered over. White was clearly audible throughout – not always easy in the big acoustic of St John's – and with a discreet accompaniment from Peebles and his orchestra – the wind band was especially good – this made for a fine performance

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Julia's Song list

My repertoire is huge, and it would be impossible to include everything here (e.g. I can play lots of Christmas music and hymn tunes which are not listed). Keep scrolling down to see music by category. Please do ask if there is something specific you require.
Key: P=Piano Ob=Oboe IW=Irish Whistle
If there is more than one instrument indicated after a song title, I can play the music on any of the instruments mentioned. With oboe and Irish whistle, I can either play as a soloist, with backing tracks, or with a live pianist, guitarist or cellist as accompaniment.
Most Popular:
Adagio - Albinoni Ob
Arioso/Adagio from Cantata 156 - Bach Ob
Arrival - ABBA Ob
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel Ob
Ave Maria/Prelude in C - Bach/Gounod P/Ob
Bridal Chorus - Wagner Ob
Canon in D - Pachelbel P/Ob
Farewell to Stromness - Maxwell Davis P
Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission - Morricone P/Ob
Oboe Concerto - Albinoni Ob
Oboe Concerto - Marcello Ob
Panis Angelicus - Franck Ob
Pie Jesu - Lloyd Webber Ob
River Flows in You - Yiruma P
Spring from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi P/Ob
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals - Saint Saens P/Ob
Wedding March - Mendelssohn - Ob
Air on a G String - Bach Ob
Air from the Water Music - Handel Ob
Ave Maria - Schubert Ob
Bolero - Ravel Ob
A Clare Benediction - Rutter Ob
Carmen, Selections from - Bizet Ob
Evening Prayer from Hansel & Gretel - Humperdinck Ob
Chanson de Matin - Elgar Ob
The Flower Duet - Delibes P/Ob
Funiculi, Funicula - Denza Ob
Gaelic Blessing - Rutter Ob
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach Ob
Jupiter from The Planets - Holst P/Ob
La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel Ob
Largo from New World Symphony - Dvorak P/Ob
Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah - Mendelssohn P/Ob
Morning from Peer Gynt - Grieg P/Ob
Nessun Dorma - Puccini Ob
O For the Wings of a Dove - Mendelssohn Ob
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini Ob
Papageno’s Song from the Magic Flute - Mozart Ob/IW
Pavane - Ravel Ob
Romance from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart Ob
Salut d’Amour - Elgar Ob
Scene from Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Ob
Sheep May Safely Graze - Handel Ob
Sicilienne - Fauré Ob
To a Wild Rose - Macdowell P/Ob
Trumpet Tune - Purcell Ob
TV/Film (see also Musicals):
Addams Family Theme - Mizzy Ob
Beauty & the Beast - Menken P/Ob
Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King - Elton John P/Ob
Circle of Life from The Lion King - Elton John P/Ob
Colours of the Wind from Pocohontas - Menken P
Hakuna Matata from The Lion King - Elton John P/Ob
Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter - Williams P/Ob
James Bond Theme - Norman Ob
Let it Go from Frozen P/Ob
Match of the Day Theme - Stoller P
My Heart Will Go On from Titanic (Céline Dion) - Horner P/Ob/IW
A Million Dreams - Pasek/Paul
Moon River - Mancini P/Ob
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Arlen P/Ob
Star Wars Theme - Williams P/Ob
Walking in the Air from The Snowman Ob
A Whole New World from Aladdin - Menken P
You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story - Newman P/Ob
Auld Lang Syne - Trad. Scottish P/Ob/IW
Amazing Grace - trad. P/Ob
Ashokan Farewell - Ungar Ob
The Blackthorn Stick - Trad. Irish IW
Cockles and Mussels - trad. Irish Ob/IW
Country Gardens - Trad. English P/Ob/IW
Down By the Salley Gardens - Trad. Irish P/Ob/IW
Drowsy Maggie - trad. Ob/IW
Dance to Your Daddy - Trad. English P/Ob/IW
El Condor Pasa - trad. South American O/IW
Eriskay Love Lilt - P/Ob/IW
Flowers of Edinburgh - trad. Scottish Ob/IW
Haste to the Wedding - Trad. Ob/IW
I Give Your My Hand - Trad. Irish Ob
I Love My Love - Trad. Cornish P/Ob/IW
The Irish Washerwoman - Trad. Irish IW
Kangding Love Song - Trad. Chinese P/Ob/IW
The Last Rose of Summer - trad. Irish Ob/IW
Londonderry Air/Danny Boy - trad. Irish P/Ob/IW
Mairi’s Wedding - Trad. Scottish Ob/IW
Pokarekare Ana - Trad. Maori P/Ob
Riverdance - Whelan IW
Roaring Jelly - Trad. Scottish P
Sakura Sakura - Trad. Japanese P/Ob/IW
Sailor’s Hornpipe - trad. English O/IW
Scarborough Fair - Trad. English P/Ob/IW
Skye Boat Song - trad. Scottish P/Ob/IW
Star of the County Down - Trad. Irish Ob/IW
The Water is Wide/ O Waly Waly - trad. Scottish P/Ob/IW
The Wellerman - Trad. New Zealand - P/Ob/IW
What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor - Trad. Ob/IW
When the Saints Go Marching In - Trad. American P/Ob/IW
The Wind that Shakes the Barley - Trad. Irish IW
Ye Banks and Braes - Trad. Scottish Ob/IW
Yellow Bird - Trad. Calypso Ob
Kids (see also Film, Musicals):
Lots of Nursery Rhymes! P/Ob/IW
Baby Shark P/Ob/IW
The Muppet Show Theme - Henson P
Peter & the Wolf (Selections from) - Prokofiev P/Ob
Postman Pat Theme - Daly P/Ob
Wallace & Gromit Theme - Nott Ob
Yellow Submarine - Lennon/McCartney P/Ob/IW
Musicals (see also Film):
Close Every Door to Me from Joseph - Lloyd Webber P/Ob
Defying Gravity from Wicked - Schwartz P
I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables - Schoenberg P/Ob
I Know Him So Well from Chess - Anderson & Ulvaeus P/Ob
Memory from Cats - Lloyd Webber Ob
The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera - Lloyd Webber Ob
On My Own from Les Miserables - Schoenberg Ob
Summertime - Gershwin Ob
We Don’t Talk About Bruno from Encanto - Miranda P
You’ll Never Walk Alone - Rodgers Ob
Pop/Jazz/Easy Listening:
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Collins P
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Sherwin Ob
Blue Moon - Rogers/Hart P
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis) -Weiss/Peretti/Creatore Ob
Fly Me to the Moon - Howard Ob
Happy - Pharrell Williams P/Ob
Here, There & Everywhere - Lennon/McCartney P/Ob
Imagine - Lennon P/Ob
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing) - Ellington P
Love Me Tender - Presley/Matson P/Ob/IW
Mamma Mia - ABBA Ob
My Way (Sinatra) - Revaux/Francois
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - Farres Ob
Someone Like You (Adele) - Wilson/Adkins P
Somewhere Out There - Horner/Mann/Weil P/Ob
Stars - Hucknall P
Take Five - Desmond P/Ob
A Thousand Miles - Carlton P
Thank You for the Music - ABBA P/Ob
To Go Beyond - Enya P
Unchained Melody - North P/Ob
We’ve Only Just Begun (The Carpenters) - Nichols P
When I’m Sixty Four - Lennon/McCartney Ob
Winter Wonderland - Bernard P/Ob
Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) - Thiele/Weiss Ob
Wonderful Tonight - Clapton P/Ob
Your Song - John/Taupin P

Julia's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£160
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£250


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Above all, the beautiful sound of the oboe, but also my musicality, reliability and professionalism.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Royal Albert Hall St John’s, Smith Square, Cadogan Hall The Painted Hall, Greenwich The Royal Naval College Chapel The Queen’s House, Greenwich The Tate Gallery Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Teatro Municipal, Santiago de Chile Buscot Park, Oxfordshire Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex Southampton Guildhall Cruise ships in the Cunard, P&O and Fred Olsen fleets

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Lothar Koch (German oboist) Benjamin Britten (British composer)

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Cor anglais solo in the opera Tristan & Isolde in the Teatro Municipal, Santiago de Chile

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Slight time changes are not usually a problem, as I allow for some leeway when confirming my availability. If there are significant time changes, I will always do my best to accommodate them.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes. This is not something clients usually request for the styles of music I play, but I am very happy to provide it if asked.

How much time do you need to set up?

Minimum 30 mins, but preferably 45 mins or more.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Absolutely - though if you would like help choosing repertoire, just ask.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, unless I am playing with piano accompaniment in a venue with an acoustic piano.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If pieces are suitable to be played on the oboe, I am happy to learn new repertoire. There may be a small charge for this if music is not readily available or the music will take time to learn.
Classical, Christmas, Military, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Medieval music, Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Easy listening, Light music, Tango, Spanish music, Scottish music, Polka, Latin, Jewish music, Klezmer, Flamenco, World music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Concert, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event, Burns night
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