Born Julian Penkivil Slade on 28 May 1930 and was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge where he was the first Footlights President. He studied for the stage at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He made his first appearance on the stage at the Theatre Royal, Bristol in 195 I as a Flunkey in The Prodigious Snob and first appeared in London at the Old Vic, June 1952 as a Musician in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He then collaborated with James Cairncross and Dorothy Reynolds in writing Christmas in King Street. He was appointed musi¬cal director of the Bristol Old Vie in 1953 and wrote music for The Duenna, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Love for Love and She Stoops to Conquer. He also composed incidental music for The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1953) and The Comedy of Errors for tele¬vision, which was subsequently produced at the Arts Theatre, London in 1956.
Julian collaborated with Dorothy Reynolds on the following musicals; The Merry Gentleman. Salad Days, Free as Air, Hooray for Daisy! Follow That Girl and Wildest Dreams. He composed music for Vanity Fair and Sixty Thousand Nights (Theatre Royal, Bristol's bicentenary production), he wrote the book and lyrics and composed music for Nutmeg and Ginger (Cheltenham 1963 and the Orange Tree, Richmond. 1991) and adapted The Pursuit of Love (Bristol). A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (Regent's Park), adapted and composed additional music for Winnie the Pooh (Phoenix), lyrics and music for Trelawny, and book, music and lyrics for Out of Bounds (Bristol). Salad Days which ran for 2288 performances in London, has also been presented in Paris, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia and it was success¬fully revived in London in 1976. Julian worked on music for a production of A Comedy of Errors, produced at Gray's Inn in 1994, and collaborated on EMl's 40th Anniversary recording of Salad Days.
Julian recorded a selection of his songs for Overtures Records in 1980, reissued in CD format by Bayview Records. He died of cancer on 17 June 2006 aged 76.