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Sophie Mather


Professional Orchestral

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • London Sinfonietta
  • COOL Music Sessions
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - extra and trial for 2nd violin No.4 (2010)     
  • Manchester Camerata - member (2009 - present) and trial for Principal 2nd violin (2012)
  • The Hallé - extra and trial for 2nd violin No.4 (2012)
  • Northern Ballet Sinfonia - current trial for 1st violin No.3
  • Northern Sinfonia - current trial for Tutti1st and No.2 2nd violin
  • Scottish Ensemble 
  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Northern Chamber Orchestra
  • Oxford Philomusica
  • Lancashire Sinfonietta
  • Presteigne Festival Orchestra 1st violin No.3

Orchestral Training

  • London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme
  • Professional Access Schemes: BBC Philharmonic · The Hallé · Royal Liverpool Philharmonic ·Manchester Camerata
  • Royal Academy of Music Soloists - Principal 2nd


  • Leader of the Berkeley Ensemble (mixed wind and strings chamber group)
  • Selected for the biannual Making Music Concert Promoters' Network in 2011 and 2013 leading to recitals for music clubs around the UK
  • Chamber-Ensemble-in-Residence at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale
  • 2012 Series of co-promoted Recitals at the Forge, Camden exploring the relationship between Stravinsky and Lennox Berkeley - including education project with local school children to compose their own version of Stravinsky Soldier's Tale
  • Nominated for Help Musicians UK 'Emerging Excellence Award' 2014 - awaiting result
  • St Endellion Festival - performance of Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence with Andrew Watkinson


  • Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending - education project between Wigan Youth Orchestra and Manchester Camerata
  • Brahms Violin Concerto - Fylde Sinfonia & Middlewich Concert Orchestra
  • Piazolla Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - Vale Royal String Orchestra
  • Vivaldi Four Seasons - Vale Royal String Orchestra
  • Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 - Middlewich Concert Orchestra
  • Mozart Sinfonia Concertante - RNCM Chamber Orchestra
  • Solo Recitals at: Aldeburgh Festival with Huw Watkins · Holywell Music Room, Oxford  · Windsor Parish Church

Outreach Work

  • Regular visits as Musician-in-Residence at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale with the Berkeley Ensemble
  • Several projects with LSO Discovery at the Bridge Academy, Hackney and with young string players in Lewisham
  • Berkeley Ensemble workshops with the Samling Foundation in various schools in Hexham and a 3-day project at Christopher Hatton Primary School, Camden
  • Berkeley Ensemble presentations for schools in Mitcham with Merton Music Foundation and in Surrey in collaboration with Pan Concerts
  • Coaching for Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
  • Orchestral coaching for Wigan Youth Orchestra
  • Regular violin teaching cover work at Hill House Preparatory School, Sloane Square


  • Royal Academy of Music Leverhulme Orchestral Scholarship (2009 - 2010)
  • Countess of Munster Musical Trust (2009)     
  • Musicians’ Benevolent Fund (2009)
  • Craxton Memorial Fund (2009)                                  
  • Martin Musical Scholarship Fund (2009)
  • RNCM Sir John Barbirolli/Laurence Turner Prize for String Quartet (2007)
  • RNCM Concerto Auditions - ‘A’ Grade (2007)          
  • Junior Royal Northern College of Music - Outstanding Contribution Award (2004)


  • Royal Academy of Music - MA with Distinction (2010)
  • Royal Academy of Music - LRAM Teaching Diploma (2009)
  • Royal Northern College of Music - GRNCM Upper level (2008)       
  • University of Manchester - MusB First Class (2004-2007)    

Professors: Clio Gould · Richard Deakin

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