Originally from Lancaster, Julia studied Social and Political Sciences at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge before embarking on a singing career, and has since performed all over the world becoming established as a specialist soprano in Baroque repertoire.
She has performed Bach’s St John Passion at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), and in Toronto (Tafelmusik), St Matthew Passion at Alice Tully Hall in New York (Philippe Hereweghe), Christmas Oratorio in Sydney and Melbourne with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Richard Tognetti), BWV 202 with Music of the Baroque in Chicago (Nicholas Kraemer), BWV 199 with Bach Vereniging (Alfredo Bernadini), Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate at the Cité de la Musique in Paris (Arsys Bourgogne), & Mass in C Minor in Budapest (Györgi Vashegyi), Handel’s Occasional Oratorio at the Halle Handel Festival (English Concert), La Resurrezione at The Wigmore Hall (London Handel Orchestra), Messiah at The Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Richard Cooke) & The Palace of Versailles with the King’s Consort (Robert King), Apollo e Dafne with Concerto Copenhagen (Alfredo Bernadini), Haydn’s Nelson Mass in the Canary Islands with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Eamonn Dougan), Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with J.S. Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz), and Haydn’s Creation in St Paul’s Cathedral with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Julia’s discography includes Handel’s Messiah with The Britten Sinfonia/Polyphony (Stephen Layton) and The Bethlehem Bach Choir (Greg Funfgeld), Israel in Egypt with Arsys Bourgogne (Pierre Cao) & L’Allegro with Koelner Kammerchor (Peter Neumann), Mendelssohn’s Israel in Egypt with The King’s Consort (Robert King), Bach’s Magnificat with Dunedin Consort (John Butt), & Bethlehem Bach Choir (Greg Funfgeld), BWV 107, BWV 9 & Mass in B Minor with J. S. Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz), & Lutheran Masses with The Sixteen (Harry Christophers), Astro Nuevo: En Torno a Rabassa with Orquestra Barocca de Sevilla (Enrico Onofri) & Lutoslawski’s Dwadziesci Koled with BBC Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman). She has recently released a solo disc of Purcell with the lutenist Matthew Wadsworth.
Recent and future highlights include Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in Toronto with Tafelmusik, Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans at the Concertgebouw, Palace of Versailles and Theater an der Wien (The King’s Consort), Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at Halle Handel Festival (Peter Neumann), St John Passion with the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Daniel Reuss) a Monteverdi concert tour of Europe with the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras, Haydn songs with the Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie / Sir Roger Norrington, performances with La Serenissima at the Buxton Festival, Malta Early Music Festival and at the Wigmore Hall, St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a tour performing Messiah with the Rias Kammerchor as well as a recording of the same work and recordings of Bach’s St John Passion with J. S. Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz), Messiah with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Handel’s Occasional Oratorio with Bayerische Rundfunk (Academie für Alte Music Berlin).