Born and educated in Lancaster, Julia read Social and Political Sciences alongside a Choral Scholarship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. After finishing her degree, she worked in America as a research consultant in infant linguistic and musical development, and then in Arts Management in London before pursuing a singing career. She has since performed all over the world with many of Europe’s top ensembles and is fast establishing a career as as soloist specialising in Baroque repertoire.
Highlights include Haydn Scena di Berenice with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianadrea Noseda, Handel Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a European tour of Bach St John Passion with John Eliot Gardiner, Mozart Exultate Jubilate and Haydn Nelson Mass at the Cite de la Musique Paris, a programme of Purcell, Blow and Locke with B’rock, and Handel arias at King’s Place with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, at the Wigmore Hall with Xacona, and on tour in the Outer Hebrides with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Julia has recently recorded Handel Messiah (Stephen Layton / Britten Sinfonia) for Hyperion, Bach Magnificat, BWV 191, and Vivaldi Gloria (Greg Funfgeld / Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra), Finzi In Terra Pax & Leighton Hymn to the Nativity (Hilary Davan Wetton / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and a highly acclaimed recording of Lutoslawski Dwadziesci Koled (BBC Symphony Orchestra / David Zinman) for Sony BMG.
Future engagements include Haydn Creation at St Paul's Cathedral with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bach St John Passion at the Bridgewater Hall with Manchester Camerata and Nicholas Kraemer and at St John’s Smith Square with Stephen Layton, Christmas Oratorio with John Butt and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and St Matthew Passion with the King’s Consort at the Concertgebouw, Handel Dixit Dominus in the Lufthansa Festival in Westminster Abbey, Handel arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Beverley Minster and a recital of Purcell at the Wigmore Hall with Retrospect Ensemble.