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Julia Bishop

Julia Bishop is one of the outstanding baroque violin specialists of her generation, with a virtuoso style described as 'psychedelic’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘scorching’ (Washington Post).

She has toured the world with most of the UK's leading period instrument orchestras, including the English Concert, of which she was a member for six years. Julia has worked extensively as an orchestral leader and soloist, in particular with the celebrated Gabrieli Consort, with whom she has performed internationally and appeared on numerous discs for Deutsche Grammophon. She has also appeared as concerto soloist with Florilegium, the Brandenburg Consort and the Hanover Band.

In 1997 Julia co-founded the baroque quartet Red Priest, with whom she has performed over 1000 concerts on four continents, and appeared many times on TV and radio – including hour long televised features for NHK (Japan) and LWT’s The South Bank Show.

The group has recorded five highly acclaimed CDs and been described in the press as ‘visionary and heretical’, ‘outrageous yet compulsive’, ‘wholly irreverent and highly enlightened’, ‘completely wild and deeply imaginative’, with a ‘red-hot wicked sense of humour’ and a ‘break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.’

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