Bra-vissima is a small, non-profit making ladies choir formed by Julia Wilson-James, herself an
established soprano soloist from Brentwood. Bra-vissima sings a wide range of music, sacred and
secular and works with keyboard accompaniment, orchestras and a capella. Julia's aim for the choir
has always been to achieve the highest possible standard and to make a beautiful sound. As well as
several concert performances each year, Bra-vissima perform at functions and church services. We
are often invited to perform in conjunction with other choirs as part of larger choral events and
have been a visiting choir at Chelmsford Cathedral for their morning Eucharist Service.
Julia was born in Ilford and began singing seriously when, at the age of eleven, she entered
Redbridge Music School, studying under the late Edna Graham until she gained a place at the Royal
Academy of Music. At the Academy, she studied with Patricia Clark and Clara Taylor and won the
Benjamin Britten Prize and a St Marylebone scholarship.
Since those earlier days, Julia has performed for many celebrated conductors in the UK and
internationally in concerts and recordings. Julia has recently completed a recording of church
choral and solo music with Andrew Wright, Master of Music at Brentwood Cathedral and these are
available on CD.
In addition to professional singing engagements, Julia is Director of Vocal Studies at Brentwood
School, Head of Vocal Tuition for the boy choristers at Brentwood Cathedral where she is also a Lay
Clerk. In spring 2007, following a long-held desire by Julia to create a ladies choir, ‘Bra-vissima’