• ''Perkins directs from the harpsichord with a demonic intensity''

    BBC Music Magazine

  • ''Julian Perkins gets a fizzing performance out of the Academy of Ancient Music'' 

    Financial Times 

  • "…heartening dramatic energy under Julian Perkins’s assured direction"


  • ''The young cast – hand-picked by Perkins, who led the medium-sized orchestra from the harpsichord with verve and suavity – could scarcely have been bettered. ...such a direct, powerful production.''

    Classical Music and Opera Now

  • ''...Perkins's dynamic direction of the single strings and theorbo ensemble combined to stylish and sincere effect.''

    The Independent

  • "In the pit, Julian Perkins coaxed vigorous, charming accompaniments to Arne’s ballads, while the richness of Stradella’s textures, particularly in the varied recitatives, was conveyed through the ensemble’s fresh tone and full-bodied sonorities; there was a sense of perpetually developing musical arguments. (Perkins also composed four additional choruses and inserted two instrumental interludes by Caldara to allow for scene changes; the joins were seamless.)"

    Opera Magazine

  • "Musically and dramatically, the evening was a triumph. Julian Perkins conducted with energy and a continuous sense of rightness."

    MusicWeb International

  • 'The Indiana Jones of early music'

    BBC Radio 3

  • "I have seldom seen singers and players enjoying themselves quite as much as in this performance… Julian Perkins’s clear direction must have been a delight to follow."

    Early Music Review

  • "...the opera is directed by Julian Perkins with verve and wit."

    Early Music Today

  • "Conductor Julian Perkins gave impressively clear directions to both choir and orchestra..."

    Early Music Reviews

  • ''...the orchestra claimed our full attention with a precise and idiomatic overture, full of joyful energy under the direction of Julian Perkins.''

    The Arts Desk

  • ''...extremely well driven by Spiritato!'s conductor, Julian Perkins.''

    Church Times

  • "Perkins and his forces give a delightfully involving and stylish performance which is more than recommendable on its own terms."

    Planet Hugill

  • ''Julian Perkins' playing is exemplary. It is subtle, often exciting, nuanced and perfectly balanced.''

    MusicWeb International

  • "...effortless virtuosity... Julian Perkins gives performances that reach to the heart of the music."

    International Record Review

  • "...a leader in the new generation of keyboard virtuosi"

    Cambridge Early Music

  • "...a marvel of style"

    The Dominion Post

  • "...yet more marvellous improvised invention from Julian Perkins on harpsichord"

    Dame Emma Kirkby

  • "...exuberantly stylish"

    Sunday Times

  • ''...brilliant and fresh''

    American Record Guide

  • ''Perkins plays with just the right dash of theatricality...''

    Sinfini Music

  • ''...music making of the highest order, rewarding the attentive listener at every level of detail.''

    Boston Clavichord Society, USA

  • ''The cascades that Julian Perkins despatched from the keyboard with transfixing intensity in the Fifth [Brandenburg] concerto were a particular highlight...''

    The York Press

  • ''...his performance of this technically extremely demanding solo was one of the highlights of the whole evening, along with Bojan Čičić’s violin virtuosity in Brandenburg 4.''

    Early Music Reviews

  • "…superbly creative accompaniment from Julian Perkins."

    New Statesman

  • ''A wonderfully adept and stylish continuo from Julian Perkins gave the recits real depth, pace and meaning – and the singers’ coaching in this was really exemplary...''

    The Critics' Circle

  • ''...the contributions of Christian Elliott on principal cello and Julian Perkins on harpsichord were outstanding, playing with genuine feeling that brought out the underlying humanity in the score, not to mention the evident genius of Handel's writing.''

    Opera Journal