BIO

The man behind the instruments

Justin’s musical training began soon after he arrived in the UK from his native South Africa at the age of 7. He joined Gloucester cathedral choir and went on to St Mary’s Music School where he learnt violin, recorder and piano. On leaving school he quickly gained two professional qualifications - LLCM and LTCL in recorder and violin performance – both with distinction. His professional career began with 6 years in the Royal Marines Band Service as a saxophone player and principal solo violinist. He played sax in the big band, led the string quartet and symphony orchestra and won the Cassel Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He appeared as a soloist in concerts around the world, for Her Majesty the Queen in both 2006 and 2010 and at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2008. Pieces were specially commissioned for him to perform at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in the Royal Alert Hall three years in a row and he was featured on DECCA and NAXOS albums. His solo track from "Summon the Heroes"is still played on Classic FM.

In July 2011 Justin joined the lavish Cirque du Soleil production ZAiA in Macau, playing recorder, violin and Irish whistle whilst flying on ropes above the auditorium.

The following year he appeared as a multi-instrumentalist and actor in Midnight at the Boar’s Head (Fine Chisel Theatre), as a bluegrass fiddler at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, then as entertainer for Swan Hellenic cruises.

2013 saw Justin embark on a teaching project at the Qatar Military Music Academy. There he learnt the clarinet and developed an interest in world music and gypsy jazz. On leaving Doha he spent time in France collaborating on a score for the French television documentary The Dwarf in China.

Since returning to the UK in 2014 Justin has worked as an act or/musician on a growing number of productions -

Calamity Jane, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, The Witches (where he was also musical director), Craig Revel Horwood’s Sister Act and the Leicester Curve production of George’s Marvellous Medicine.

 

Justin also appears with The Worthing Symphony Orchestra and The London Musical Theatre Orchestra and deps out in various pit orchestras when needed.

In 2016 Justin married his lovely wife; Lucy, and became a new dad this year.

"He is a multi-instrumentalist, with an extremely high level of skill on all his instruments, in particular on the Violin, which was the main instrument he played on Sister Act. He has a wonderful musicality."

Sarah Travis, Tony Award-Winning Composer and Musical Director

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