tango-5JULIAN CANN was born in Morecambe and attended Morecambe High School. He studied at London University where his violin tutor was Linda McLaren. He has subsequently been taught or coached by Reginald Stead, Martin Milner, Raphael Wallfisch and the Alberni String Quartet.

His solo experience includes concertos by Bruch, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Vivaldi, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Julian has played with National Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra and Northern Chamber Orchestra, and currently leads the Lonsdale Ensemble and Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra as well as the PCO.

A highly experienced chamber musician, Julian also leads the Castalia String Quartet, with whom he has toured Ireland, and recently performed in an expanded sextet from at the Edinburgh Festival. More locally he plays with the Pennine Trio and has a regular duo partnership with the pianist David Chapman.

In a lighter vein, Julian enjoys playing with the Pictish Players Scottish country dance band, with whom he has recorded CDs and played in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Vienna, Venice, Istanbal and India.

Guest Leader


JILL JACKSON was taught violin by William Rees in Blackpool (well-known for his light orchestra in Lytham, who’s collection of music is now in the Lancashire County Library and used by the PCO!) before becoming a student at the RNCM in Manchester.

Whilst in her last year of studies, she became a regular player in the then BBC Northern Orchestra before taking up various orchestral posts in London, including a season with Tommy Steele and other West End shows and symphonic work with London orchestras.

Since returning to the north west, Jill leads a hectic life-style performing and teaching in the area including regularly performing with the PCO, where she is a welcome guest leader.