Sophie Mather

Sophie Mather (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Sophie Mather (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Originally from Wigan, Sophie Mather (violin) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. She graduated in 2007 with a first-class honours degree in music from Manchester and gained an upper class GRNCM diploma in 2008, studying with Richard Deakin. Whilst at the RNCM, Sophie gave a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra at the 2008 RNCM International Chamber Music Festival.

Sophie studied with Clio Gould at the Academy and was accepted onto the LSO String Experience Scheme for 2008/09 and also awarded a Leverhulme Orchestral Scholarship at the RAM for 2009/10. Sophie became a member of Manchester Camerata whilst still at the Academy and also plays with the Scottish Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, English Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. She is also regularly invited to play as guest principal 2nd violin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Sophie’s solo engagements have included Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the Brahms and Bruch concertos with various amateur orchestras across the north-west including Fylde Sinfonia, Middlewich Concert Orchestra and Vale Royal String Orchestra.

Sophie’s outreach work includes projects in prisons, care homes and hospitals with the Scottish Ensemble, workshops with the Berkeley Ensemble, orchestral coaching with Wigan Youth Orchestra and work with LSO Discovery. Sophie also very much enjoys her teaching at Blackheath High Junior School.

Sophie’s one-word interview

Francesca Barritt (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Francesca Barritt
violin

Dan Shilladay (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Dan Shilladay
viola

Gemma Wareham (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Gemma Wareham
cello*

Lachlan Radford (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Lachlan Radford
double bass

John Slack (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

John Slack
clarinet

Andrew Watson (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Andrew Watson
bassoon

Paul Cott (photo: Nigel Luckhurst)

Paul Cott
horn**

* Cello chair supported by Jane and Stephen Ainger

** Horn chair supported by Dr Harold Hughes OBE & Mrs Elizabeth Hughes