Chichester Music Society: Julia Bishop (violin)

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A lecture-recital entitled ‘The Devil’s Instrument’ including music by Bach, Telemann & Biber:

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 Bishop 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 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.

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Chichester Music Society (CMS), formally Funtington Music Group, meets nine times a year at the University of Chichester. Its annual musical programme is full of variety and includes concert appearances by well-known artists and ensembles, illustrated lecture-recitals and guest appearances by international celebrities.
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