A long-standing member of Britten Sinfonia and graduate of Cambridge University, Julia studied with William Pleeth.
Shortly thereafter she played solo cello in a season and tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, culminating in a performance at the LA Olympic Arts Festival, and subsequently featured in over twenty RSC productions.
For 25 years Julia was a member of the chamber group Jeux, and with the Muhlfeld Ensemble she recorded commissioned works by Lutyens, Powers, LeFanu, Williams and Marsh. Julia was sub-principal, and subsequently guest principal, of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. She participated with London Sinfonietta and Glyndebourne Touring Opera and played in many recent English National Opera productions. Further career highlights include Arvo Pärt’s ‘Passio’ with the Hilliard Ensemble in Japan, New York, Bergen, Stockholm, Krakow, Bolzano and BBC Proms, many concerts under Sir Simon Rattle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an ENO production of ‘Parsifal’ conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, and Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ with many different instrumentalists.
Julia is active in teaching all age groups, even coaching Dame Helen Mirren and Maryam d’Abo for theatre and film roles, and has contributed to educational projects with choreographer Wayne McGregor. A resident of Canterbury, Julia is engaged with the local community, playing concertos with the Kent Concert Orchestra, also making frequent appearances with CantiaQuorum and the Kentish Piano Trio. She enjoys solo cello work with local choirs, and performs in regular services at Canterbury Cathedral. ‘Live Music Now’ with pianist Malcolm Martineau enabled Julia to play in hospitals, hospices and prisons, and ‘Bach to Baby’ welcomed children of all ages.
Britten Sinfonia has afforded Julia the opportunity to play at the Sistine Chapel, as well as in China, South America, New York, Scandinavia and also throughout Europe.