Dr Julian Widdowson (1959-2022)
The Royal Ballet School are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Dr Julian Widdowson has died suddenly. Our most heartfelt condolences and the thoughts and sympathies of all at the School are with his wife and children at this very sad time.
Dr Widdowson worked with The Royal Ballet School from 2018 to 2022, joining us as our first employed sport, exercise and musculoskeletal (SEM) consultant at White Lodge. Outside of the School, he had a long and successful career in professional sport, working as the team doctor for both Bath and Gloucester rugby teams, the Welsh national rugby union team, and most recently for West Bromwich Albion FC. He was also the medical team leader on the athletics track at the London 2012 Olympics. Alongside this work, he was a senior lecturer and examiner at the University of Bath.
The Royal Ballet School’s Head of Healthcare Karen Sheriff:
Julian was a real shining light in the field of sports and exercise medicine and was incredibly highly regarded. He was warm and kind-hearted, down-to-earth, conscientious, instinctive, experienced and knowledgeable, a doctor who devoted his time and effort to a variety of charitable causes within dance medicine.
To us, Julian was a kind and valued healthcare team member, greatly invested in the medical care afforded to our students. He was a great role model, a generous co-worker and always deeply supportive of our students, team and others in his field. He will be so greatly missed by us and by all who knew him.