Julia discovered her love of early music during her studies at the Royal College of Music when she first heard the Baroque orchestra directed by Catherine Mackintosh and knew from then that she would make the Baroque violin her speciality. Thirty-five years later Julia is recognised as one of the most colourful exponents of the instrument. She has toured the world extensively and made numerous recordings with all the period instrument orchestras in the UK including the London Classical Players, the Hanover Band, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, with whom she was a member for six years, and as leader and soloist with the Gabrieli Consort and Players for five years.
In 1997 Julia co-founded the ensemble Red Priest with recorder player Piers Adams, and from then enjoyed what was to be 19 years of huge success, regularly touring Europe, the Far East and America and making 6 highly acclaimed CDs. In 2015 Julia stepped back from the group in order to be at home more with her young daughter, but still appears as guest violinist. As well as Red Priest, Julia is a member of Purcell's Muse with Ana Maria Rincon soprano and Howard Beach harpsichord.
In the last few years Julia has become increasingly popular for her lively and informative teaching on workshops and courses around the UK. She is a regular tutor at Benslow Music and teaches Historical Performance at the University of Chichester Conservatoire as well as recently tutoring at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of York.
2019/20 solo recitals have included 'Night Music', a programme of evocative music for unaccompanied violin at Lewes Baroquefest 2019 and Bridge Cottage Museum, Uckfield Jan 2020, and a live-streamed duo recital with cellist Sebastian Comberti for Seaford Music Festival Sept 2020.
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