Born and educated in Lancaster, Julia read Social and Political Sciences alongside a Choral Scholarship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Since her first professional engagements singing Messiah with The King’s Consort at the Cadogan Hall and with the Britten Sinfonia / Polyphony at St John’s Smith Square she has performed all over the world with many of Europe’s top ensembles and is now particularly in demand as a specialist in Baroque repertoire.
Highlights have included Haydn Scena di Berenice with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda), Mozart Exultate Jubilate at the Cite de la Musique in Paris (Arsys Bourgogne), Bach St John Passion with English Baroque Soloists at the Concertgebouw (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), St Matthew Passion with Collegium Vocale at Alice Tully Hall in New York (Philippe Hereweghe), Handel Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Richard Cooke), and in the Palace of Versailles with The King’s Consort (Robert King), Handel arias on tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (David Watkins), Handel Occasional Oratorio at the Handelfestspiele in Halle with The English Concert, Handel La Resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall with the London Handel Orchestra, Bach BWV 147 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Juanjo Mena), Christmas Oratorio with RTE Orchestra Dublin (Matthew Halls) and BWV 202 Wedding Cantata with Music of the Baroque in Chicago (Nicholas Kraemer).
Julia has already made many acclaimed recordings including Handel L’Allegro with Koelner Kammerchor (Peter Neumann), Israel in Egypt with Arsys Bourgogne (Pierre Cao),Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia (Stephen Layton), Vivaldi Gloria, Bach St John Passion and Magnificat with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (Greg Funfgeld) and Lutoslawski Dwadziesci Koled with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman).
Recent and future engagements include a tour of Holland singing Purcell arias with Retrospect Ensemble, Haydn Paukenmesse and Beethoven Symphony No.9 on tour in Switzerland (Rudolf Lutz), a recording of Bach Lutheran Masses and Motets with the Sixteen (Harry Christophers), Handel Messiah with The English Concert (Harry Bicket), Bach St John Passion with the Britten Sinfonia, Bach Magnificat with the Netherlands Bach Society, a tour of Spain with the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment and Bach Christmas Oratorio in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.