A jazz musician and keen storyteller, Julia is an inspiring and engaging performer, songwriter and teacher. She leads several choirs in Bristol, including the popular BYOBaby Choir for parents which she founded in 2013. She co-leads the 180-strong Gasworks choir with Ali Orbaum and is a leader for Handfuls of Harmony, an inter-generational South Bristol community choir project.
Alongside her regular choir work, Julia runs one-off workshops and teaches one-to-one singing lessons. She is also a musician for Live Music Now, an outreach organisation who aim to bring interactive concerts to those who are otherwise excluded from the joy of experiencing live music.
Her own music is inspired by a wide range of music including jazz, blues and Indian classical music. She is an inspired lyricist who loves to use words to make sense of her own experiences of the world around her. Julia’s debut album ‘City Synchronicity’ tells tales of the trials and tribulations of a year spent far from home in Melbourne, Australia learning to live and make honest music with a coin or two to spare. Topics explored include comic depictions of the woes of temporary jobs, unexpected synchronicity, the joys of making music and living in a Melbourne suburb, as well as honest accounts of the more difficult things that were thrown in her path.
Back here in the UK, Julia continues to write and perform both as a solo musician and with back-up from her Bristol-based band. She has a keen passion for vocal harmony and community singing, and spends much of her time arranging for and directing large and small vocal ensembles.