Born in Wales to a musical family, Julia soon fell in love with music at an early age. Julia's family moved to Cornwall when she was five years old and apart from the odd year spent in London and Bath, she has lived there ever since. Julia first started learning the clarinet and recorder with Lydia Holmes when she was seven years old and successfully competed at local music festivals either as a soloist or as a member of one of Lydia's recorder groups. As a teenager, Julia was drawn to the saxophone and started learning the Tenor sax at school. She also spent a few years toiling away on the viola and earned extra pocket money playing the church organ.
Julia graduated from Exeter University in 2002 with a BMus Hons in Jazz Music and majored in Composing and Arranging. She then undertook a PGCE at Bath Spa University and began her teaching career in 2003, becoming Head of Music at a Cornish secondary school in 2008. Julia is a member of the Four Tunes Saxophone Quartet, Skyliner Big Band and Ladybird, a small jazz ensemble.