Violinist Julia BlackJulia Black was born in Amersham and studied violin with Maria Lidka, Kenneth Piper and John Ludlow at the Royal College of Music, and baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh.

She has performed, broadcast and made recordings with a variety of ensembles here and in Europe including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Early Opera Company, the Hanover Band, Collegium Musicum 90, St James’s Baroque, and La Nuova Musica; she is a principal player for the Hanover Band, Mvsica Donvm Dei, CollectIvel ( and other chamber music ensembles and regularly performs on violin, viola and viola d’amore.

Now living in Biggleswade, she combines her performing life with teaching and community music work, and is active locally as a performer on piano and double bass. She also gives masterclasses and lecture recitals on period performance, the history of string instruments, and the electric violin. When not on stage, she can be found on her allotment, walking, or making wine…

String quartet available for concerts and as single strings to accompany historically informed choral performances