WEDDING and EVENT CLIENTS
We hired Julian to play for our ceremony as well as cocktail hour, and I can't say enough wonderful things about working with him, his talent, and his beautiful music! I had a few non-traditional requests for our procession and recession and he was so accommodating, as well as a good resource for realistic input into things I may want that in actuality may not sound good, so that was very helpful. For cocktail hour he jazzed it up a little which was the perfect change in vibe we were going for between ceremony and then the party beginning. He has several styles that he plays and was 100% open to our requests to avoid certain ones and play more of others. My guests couldn't have had more nice things to say, either! All 140 truly enjoyed his music, and I heard it! I have a few musicians in my family as well and they were particularly impressed. Julian is so kind, professional, and really makes an effort to listen to your desires and accommodate accordingly! Highly recommend this talented musician! Price VERY reasonable for the 2 hours we hired him for.
- 7/28/2015 Wedding at Seattle Tennis Club, on Wedding Wire Reviews
Julian is the best! He is easy to work with and very professional. In our planning meeting, he was flexible about playing whatever songs we suggested and played many examples to help us hone what we wanted for the ceremony. His music during the ceremony was lovely and exactly what we wanted, and our guests loved what he played during the cocktail hour.
- 7/19/2014 on Wedding Wire Reviews
Julian Catford has worked with our company, Northwest Events, for many years in production of exquisite music for our clients. Julian's style and elegant approach to musical entertainment at our events adds so much to the overall ambiance of our lovely venues. Our clients have written numerous notes of thanks to us for having Julian Catford with his warm and inspiring musical expression available for their event. We know that we can count on Julian to present a diverse selection of music so that our clients will have a complete range to select from and an experience that they will treasure for years to come. Northwest Events and Jewel Catering give Julian the highest of recommendation for performance at your event. Whether its an elegant wedding ceremony or reception, a stylized corporate or festive social event, Julian will find the perfect music to set the stage for a memorable occasion.
—Marcia Evans, CEO Northwest Events
The reviews are in and having music at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show was a huge hit with the attendees. You did a wonderful job playing to the crowd and I saw many smiling faces during your performance. I really appreciate your professionalism and follow through. You made my job easier.
- B. James - Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Julian was an inspired choice for our wedding. We got so many compliments on what a wonderful addition his playing was for our service. He worked with us to customize our song list and to make sure our vision happened. He was so professional my officiants were beside themselves - THEY LOVED HIM. He was fantastic, made our day that much more special and his professionalism and talent lay at the heart of his ability to make it all happen.
-Sumerlin L, 5/19/2012, Wedding Ceremony, Seattle, WA
Julian's talents with his guitar brought such elegance and flair to our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. We are big fans of Julian's Spanish guitar format as were our guests who stopped to appreciate Julian's music throughout his performance. Julian worked with us prior to the wedding to suggest and help us select a song format that suited our style. He was extremely responsive throughout our wedding planning -- which is such a big deal for busy brides/grooms-to-be. Julian was also flexible on our wedding day, changing his performance locations to flow with the natural course our event took on. He truly helped make our wedding a tremendous memory for us. (From Weddingwire.com reviews.)
- A. Grazer, March 5th 2011
Hiring Julian to play guitar for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception was one of the best decisions that we made in planning our wedding. He was exceptionally professional, and his music set the mood for our wedding. Several guests and my parents commented that he was a highlight of the evening. We met with Julian before the wedding, and he played several options ranging from traditional to contemporary for the ceremony and the reception. We chose traditional music for the wedding processional, and I asked him to play what he enjoyed and was best at for the reception. It turned out wonderfully! I highly recommend Julian Catford.
- Sarah Spilseth, July 3rd 2010
"We used Julian Catford, he's an AMAZING guitar player and super professional!" (From weddingbee.com website chat boards.)
Julian was stellar. His talent so evident and his demeanor so easy. It was the perfect fit for our event [son's wedding]. I had no doubt that our choice was the right one. Our family and guests were so impressed. The mood was relaxed and fun and the music just elevated the whole ambience to an even higher level. We thank Julian for his professionalism and his gift of music. He is forever part of the memories made on this special day.
—Julie W., Seattle, Washington,
Julian was tremendous. He is a skilled musician with a ton of character and professionalism. I booked him for a conference I ran...I wish he lived in Chicago where I live, work and plan more events...I would hire him all the time!
—Brian L., Seattle, Washington,
Thank you for enhancing the experience of all our guests by setting the mood for a great evening. Many people commented on what a great guitarist you are. Thanks again, we'll definitely keep you in mind for future events and would recommend to anyone wanting to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any occasion.
—Luis S., Edmonds, Washington,
Tiffany & Co. has been hiring Julian Catford for events at our downtown Seattle location for almost 10 years now. We continue to turn to him year after year, because we know we can always rely on him to set the right mood for each event from the moment we open our doors!
—Jenny Haight, Client Development Coordinator, Tiffany & Co.
We were very pleased with your music for our event. You showed up on time, had a great set up with sound equipment and the music was very well liked. I will continue to use you at events for our hospital and recommend you for anyone interested.
—Mark Eggleston, Director, Hospitality Services, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, Washington
I am a musician who spent many years working in the performing arts in NYC. So, when I found myself planning an important corporate event in Seattle, and looking to hire a classical guitarist to play beautiful, artistic, performance level background music for the evening, I panicked. Where was I going to find someone who was blessed with big talent, professional, seasoned, extremely musical, and who played with joy and personality, and also had a varied and extensive repertoire? Then I heard about Julian Catford and tuned in to his website to listen to him play, and I hired him immediately! That was several years ago, and since then Julian has had many repeat performances at my events because he is all of the above, and more. Take my word for it – hire Julian Catford! Sit back, relax, and worry about some other aspect of your event because with Julian, the music will be perfection. He’s a pro and your guests will absolutely love him!
—Deborah Gerard, Bank of Scotland, USA, Seattle, Washington
We have enjoyed Julian's music for several years at both private weddings and our corporate parties. Not only is Julian a talented and versatile guitarist, he listens to his clients and caters his musical selections to what his clients want, even if they can't put it into words.
—Christina Pember, Human Resources Manager, Bishop, White and Marshall, P.S
The music was beautiful and just what we wanted. So many of our friends and family told us how much they enjoyed the music.
—Emily and Jay.
Thank you very much for everything you did for our July 25th wedding… I was able to revisit all the beautiful music on our video. The Beatles theme was something that brought special meaning to many of our family members and friends, and I appreciate your willingness to accommodate our wishes. It was great getting to work with you. Thank you again.
We can’t thank you enough for the incredible job you and the others did at Katie and Brian’s wedding. As you could tell, we had a great time! Thanks.
Your music was wonderful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed everything you played.
Arlene and I appreciated the wonderful music you provided at our reception…many people mentioned how nice it was.
OTHER REVIEWSJulian performs with ‘Dos Guitarras’ (two guitars and percussion), on SPANISH in 10 minutes a day®AUDIO CD:
Thanks so much for your music. Everyone who has heard it loves it. I'm still so thrilled that we were able to use your music on our project.
—Rich Bushnell, Editor, Bilingual Books, Inc.
Composed & Performed Music for CD’s: Spanish, French, German, and Italian in 10 minutes a day® AUDIO CD’s Available at Borders, Amazon, Cosco and more (http://www.bbks.com/products_audioseries.asp).
REVIEW of SONOROSO CD:Catford’s exquisite Latin/Brazilian/flamenco-inflected playing…often surprises and constantly pleases. …utterly sweet ‘Lembra de Mim’ a solo piece. Joined in a bossa nova by flute, bass and percussion, and the result is a soundtrack for a quick jaunt to a tropical beach. Catford’s original pieces are extraordinarily satisfying. Playing ranges from the gentle flourishes of a Brazilian master to George Benson-inspired octave playing to exquisite extemporized solos. A wonderful disk.
—Bill Fisher, Victory Acoustic Music Review