Chichester Music Society: Julia Bishop, violin

Chichester Music Society is celebrating its end of season with an exciting lecture-recital from the highly accomplished baroque violinist, Julia Bishop, followed by a finger buffet.

Julia is recognised as one of the leading Baroque violinists of her generation, touring the world extensively and making numerous recordings with the period-instrument orchestras of the UK, including the London Classical Players, the Hanover Band, the English Concert, with whom she was a member for 6 years, and as leader and soloist with the Gabrieli Consort andPlayers and since 2022 the Academy of Ancient Music and Florilegium.

In 1997 Julia co-founded the ensemble Red Priest with recorder player Piers Adams and enjoyed 19 years of huge success touring Europe, the Far East and America, and also making 6 highly acclaimed CDs. She left Red Priest in 2015 to spend more time at home with her daughter but still appears as a guest violinist and recently performed a live-streamed concert with the group in York for the Polyphonic Concert Club.

In recent years Julia has become increasingly popular for her lively and informative teaching on Baroque workshops and courses around the UK and abroad. She teaches in the Early Music department of the University of Chichester Conservatoire and has also been guest Baroque violin teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of York.

Julia is calling her lecture recital on June 9th “The Devil’s Instrument” and her programme will include G.Telemann solo Fantasy no.1 in B flat, H. Biber Passacaglia in G minor, JS Bach Allegro Assai from solo Sonata no 3 in C, F.Geminiani composition nos. 5 and 4 from ‘The Art of Playing on the Violin 1751’, G. Telemann solo Fantasy no 2 in G major, JS Bach solo Partita no 2: Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda and Giga.

Julia’s lecture/recital will be followed by our Summer Buffet, making a welcome return after a couple of years when it was not possible due to Covid. This year, CMS is providing a finger buffet with sparkling wine following the concert. Members and visitors are welcome to join us for this relaxing end to the first half of our season. We will be seeking a small donation of £5 on the evening towards catering costs, for the benefit of our musical instrument fund.

The programme starts at 7pm, has no interval & is being held in The Elizabeth Swann Room of the Music Department at the Bishop Otter campus of the University of Chichester.

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