Julian Dawes was born in 1942. He has worked extensively as an accompanist and teacher, holding posts at Drama Centre London, Birmingham University, The Arts Educational Schools in London and The Oxford School of Drama. He has directed the music for numerous theatre productions, and was for five years Musical Director of The Cherub Company London.
As a Composer he has written a wide variety of music for the concert hall, theatre, and more recently documentary film and television. His concert music includes two concertos, one a commission in association with the Amici Orchestra, the other a commission from the International Music Competition for professional Mandolin players in Schweinfurt, Germany in November 2002. He has written a number of sonatas and suites for a variety of combinations of instruments, as well as eleven song-cycles including two concerned with the Holocaust, 'Songs of Ashes', and 'I never saw another butterfly. 'Songs of Ashes' has been broadcast in Israel three times to considerable acclaim. His output also includes a wide range of other vocal and chamber music. In March 2003 his cantata 'The Death of Moses' for Narrator, Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, and in June 2005 his oratorio 'Ruth' were both first performed by the Alyth Choral Society.
In the theatre he has written scores for numerous productions. These include Marya by Isaac Babel for the Royal Court, A Doll's House by Ibsen for the Riverside Studios, The Royal Pardon by John Arden for the Arts Theatre, The Changeling by Middleton for a production in Sydney, Australia, and The Price by Arthur Miller for the Bristol Old Vic. His scores for Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle and Edward ll are both recognised scores for these plays held by the Brecht Estate in Berlin and have provided the music for many productions. His musical The Braddocks Time was a commission from the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, where it was followed by a tour of the north of England. The Sacrifice, a music drama based on a Japanese No play was initially premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and in a revised version by The Acting Company at the New End Theatre. As Musical Director of The Cherub Theatre Company he has written scores for The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Ten Days A-Maze, Edward II, and Kafka's The Trial. In December 2008 a highly acclaimed concert featuring his music was played at the Wigmore Hall in London.
He is Music Advisor to the European Association of Jewish Culture.