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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Julie Cooper sang with Wokingham Choral Society Summer Celebration concert on Saturday 10th June 2000 at All Saints Church, Wokingham.

Julie joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 18th November 2006 to perform Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore K339 and Haydn's Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass).

October 2006
Julie Cooper Soprano

Julie Cooper read English and Music at St John's College, Durham. She studied with Julie Kennard at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship, winning prizes including the Croft Prize for Early Music and graduating with the DipRAM. Additionally she specialised in contemporary repertoire and performed Tippett's cycle The Heart's Assurance as well as several world premières.

Operatic roles include Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Anne Truelove Rake's Progress, and Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte for Cambridge Opera. A versatile approach has permitted Julie to number a wide variety of styles amongst her oratorio credits, including Monteverdi's Vespers, Baroque and Classical works such as The Creation, Dido & Aeneas, B Minor Mass, Bach's Cantata Jauchzet Gott, Beethoven's Choral Symphony, Orff's Carmina Burana, Rachmaninov's The Bells and Mahler's Das Klagende Lied, in venues which include St John's Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed chamber music by Scarlatti, Handel, Telemann, Mozart and Schutz in various smaller groups in Oxford, London, throughout the UK and Europe.

On disc Julie can be heard singing Monteverdi Madrigals with The Kings Consort on Hyperion and on numerous recordings of Renaissance Music with the Huelgas Ensemble. She is a regular member of The Sixteen and King's Consort, who tour all over the world, and is frequently an additional invited member of the Hilliard Ensemble.

Julie, who lives in Oxford, enjoyed success singing Britten's War Requiem with the CBSO at Symphony Hall in 2004, and sang at the Wigmore Hall in recital with The Hilliards. Other concerts in 2004 included Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle (Hexham Abbey), B Minor Mass (St James's Piccadilly), Messiah (Wells Cathedral) and she also performed as part of The Sixteen's Handel in Oxford series. Engagements in 2005 have included creating the roles of Hummingbird and Iris in Ed Hughes's The Birds for The Opera Group, performing Tippett's Negro Spirituals with The Sixteen in their Choral Pilgrimage tour, and concerts at the Lincoln Centre, New York with The Hilliard Ensemble. In addition, Julie features on the soundtrack of the latest Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven singing the Pie Jesu.