Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, Sophie draws influence from her traditional roots but also harbours a passion for contemporary music, ranging anywhere from Berio to Bowie.
Since graduating with a Masters in Music (Distinction) from the Royal Northern College in 2018, Sophie has enjoyed a vibrant and diverse freelance career. As a soloist, Sophie has performed all over the country from Shetland’s Mareel Arts Centre to London’s Kraxton studios and at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival as part of the renowned Made in Scotland Showcase.
She was also featured as a soloist on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme, was a finalist in the Royal Northern College of Music’s Gold Medal competition, the highest accolade the college awards for solo performance and was the recipient of the 2018 United Kingdom Harp Association Award. Most recently, Sophie has been accepted onto Yehudi Menuhin’s ground-breaking scheme ‘Live Music Now!’, which sends musicians to perform in schools, care homes, hospitals and day centres.
As a versatile orchestral & ensemble player, Sophie has collaborated with a number of different musicians – Some personal highlights have been performing Berio’s folk songs, playing as part of a big band, being Principal harpist of the RNCM Sinfonietta whilst performing at Cantiere Festival in Montepulciano, Italy and performing Max Richter’s‘ Vivaldi’s four seasons: recomposed’ with Cosmo Strings at Malta International Arts Festival. This year, Sophie is delighted that her harp and guitar duo, Duo 53, have been awarded a place on the United Kingdom Harp Association’s Emerging Artists Scheme.
Sophie has just returned from a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where she was further developing her critically acclaimed show, ‘Notes from Shetland to Shanghai.’ Fusing live harp music with pre-recorded poetry, ‘Notes from Shetland to Shanghai’ explores the universally human experience that is migration. Sophie is now touring this exciting venture across the United Kingdom.