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 and become established as a specialist soprano in Baroque repertoire.
She has performed Bach “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 Herreweghe), “Christmas Oratorio” in Sydney and Melbourne with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (Richard Tognetti), cantatas “Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten” BWV 202 with Music of the Baroque in Chicago (Nicholas Kraemer) and “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” BWV 199 with Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Alfredo Bernardini), Mozart “Exsultate, Jubilate” at the Cité de la Musique in Paris (Arsys Bourgogne) and “Mass in C Minor” in Budapest (Györgi Vashegyi), Handel “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) and at The Palace of Versailles with the King’s Consort (Robert King), “Apollo e Dafne” with Concerto Copenhagen (Alfredo Bernardini), Haydn “Nelson Mass” in the Canary Islands with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Eamonn Dougan), Haydn “Paukenmesse” and Beethoven “Symphony No. 9” with J.S. Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz), and Haydn “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) and “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” 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) and Bethlehem Bach Choir (Greg Funfgeld), cantatas “Was willst du dich betrüben” BWV 107 and “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her” BWV 9 as well as “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 Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (Enrico Onofri) and Lutosławski’s “Dwadzieścia Kolęd” with BBC Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman).
Recent and future highlights include Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor” in Toronto with Tafelmusik, Vivaldi “Juditha Triumphans” at the Concertgebouw, Palace of Versailles and Theater an der Wien (The King’s Consort), Handel “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo” at Halle Handel Festival (Peter Neumann), “St John Passion” with the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Daniel Reuss), a Bach concert tour of Europe with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, a tour of Europe performing “Messiah” with The King’s Consort, performances at the Buxton Festival and recordings of Bach’s “St John Passion” with J.S. Bach Stiftung (Rudolf Lutz), “Messiah” with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Handel “Occasional Oratorio” with Bayerische Rundfunk (Academie für Alte Music Berlin).
Pic. Louise O'Dwyer