Born and educated in Lancaster, Julia read Social and Political Sciences alongside a Choral Scholarship at Cambridge. She made her professional débuts singing Messiah with The King’s Consort at the Cadogan Hall and with the Britten Sinfonia / Polyphony at St John’s Smith Square and continues strong relationships with both. Since then she has performed all over the world and become established as a specialist soprano in Baroque repertoire.
She has worked with conductors including Frieder Bernius, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Matthew Halls, Philippe Hereweghe, Richard Tognetti, Alfredo Bernadini, Györgi Vashegyi, Robert King, Nicholas Kraemer, Juanjo Mena, Sir Roger Norrington, Arsys Bourgogne, Gianandrea Noseda and Trevor Pinnock.
Highlights include performances with the BBC Philharmonic, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic, RTE Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Handel Orchestra, The English Concert, The King’s Consort, London Bach Society, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Sixteen, Collegium Vocale, Netherlands Bach Society, Le Concert Lorrain, Bayerische Rundfunk, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Seville Baroque Orchestra, B’Rock, J.S. Bach Stiftung, Tafelmusik, Music of the Baroque and at the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, London and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Recent and future engagements include Mozart Mass in C Minor in Toronto, Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans at the Concertgebouw, Palace of Versailles and Theater an der Wien, Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at Halle Handel Festival, recordings of Bach St John Passion with J.S. Bach Stiftung, a tour of Europe with The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, concerts with the OAE, English Concert and La Serenissima at the early music festival in Valetta, a tour and recording of Messiah with the Rias Kammerchor, concerts at the Halle Handel Festival with the MDR Chor, Tisbe at the Buxton Festival and Handel Occasional Oratorio, Alexander’s Feast both with Bayerische Rundfunk and Ensemble Cantatio recitals in London and at the York Early Music Festival.
She has recently released her first solo recording of Purcell with the lutenist, Matthew Wadsworth.