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Sophia Tennant


Professional Orchestral Experience

  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (regular First Violin extra player from October 2006)
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orchestra of the Swan
  • Musical Associates (UK) Ltd
  • Royal Orchestral Society - Leader
  • Universal Film Orchestra - Principal Second Violin
  • Britten-Pears Orchestra - Principal & Solo Second Violin and No 3 First Violin
  • International Music Festival Orchestra,  Aberystwyth 2004 - Leader

Chamber Orchestras

  • Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • London Soloists' Chamber Orchestra
  • Composers’ Ensemble
  • Manning Camerata
  • Sinfonia Verdi
  • Southern Pro Musica - including No.2 First Violin
  • Trafalgar Sinfonia
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia
  • English Festival Orchestra
  • City of London Chamber Orchestra
  • New Mozart Orchestra
  • New London Sinfonia
  • Thames Sinfonia
  • W11 Opera for Children and Young People

Education Work

  • Royal Opera House Orchestra Education


  • Royal Opera House for BBC,  EMI and 'In House'
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Ocean Bloem Productions (pop)
  • We Write Music Ltd.
  • SCRT Music

Pop & Theatre Work

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,  solo violin and piano at the Royal National Theatre
  • The Famous Five No. 1 National Tour,  solo violin,  Hallmark Theatre Ltd
  • Top of the Pops
  • Mike Smith Orchestra - Big Band


  • Beethoven Triple Concerto with Adrian Bradbury ('cello) and Zoe Solomon (piano) at St Botolph's Music Society,  Colchester (October 2002)
  • Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins,  violin soloist,  International Music Festival,  Aberystwyth

Solo and Chamber Music Performances:

  • Brahms Horn Trio Op. 40 with Richard Bassett (horn) and Tony Sellors (piano) at Burg Wildshut near Salzburg,  Austria and at Burnham Westgate Hall,  Norfolk
  • Wieniawski's Polonaise de concert Op. 4 with Elena Ten (piano) at Mozarteum University,  Salzburg
  • Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with Royal Opera House Orchestra section principals Marina Finnamore (clarinet),  Lucy Wakeford (harp),  Margaret Campbell (flute),  Andriy Viytovych (viola),  first violinist Ailsa Hunter and sub-principal Mary Mundy ('cello) at Bradfield Festival
  • String Trio and Flute Quartet with Catherine Wilmers (cello),  Emma Halnan (flute) and Joe Bronstein (viola) at Radwell Church,  Hertfordshire
  • Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in An Evening with Sir John Tomlinson including Siegried Idyll at Ardingly ArtsFest,  Ardingly College,  Sussex
  • Ballet Gala:  Britten Theatre,  RCM,  Duo with Henry Roche (piano)
  • Piano Trio with Oliver Davies (piano) and Oliver Gledhill ('cello) at Bignor Park,  West Sussex
  • String Quartet with George Hlawiczka (violin),  Claire Maynard (viola) and Oliver Gledhill ('cello) at John Murray,  Publishers,  50 Albemarle Street,  London
  • String Quartet:  Recital venues include The British Museum and St Margaret's Church,  Westminster.
  • Violin and Piano recitals:  St Botolph's Music Society,  Colchester - 6th International Piano Festival;  Gray's Inn,  WC1;  Epping Music Society;  St Mark's Church,  London NW8.
  • Recital repertoire includes:  Ysaye Sonata No 3 Ballade;  Bloch Nigun No 2 from Baal Shem;  Bach Prelude and Gavotte from Partita III;  Dvorak Terzetto.
  • Soprano,  Violin & Piano Trios:  Concert venues include Burgh House,  Hampstead and London Churches.
  • Workshop:  Solo Violin for Opera Group supported by ROH2,  Opera Genesis at the Royal Opera House,  April 2007.


  • Magdalen College,  Oxford (MA Hons) Music.   Postgraduate violin studies.

Prizes and Awards

  • Diploma from Mozarteum University International Summer Academy,  Salzburg:  Masterclass Course with Igor Petrushevski,  July 2015
  • Prizewinner in 1994 International Chamber Music Festival in Entrecasteaux.


  • Igor Petrushevski and Howard Davis:  postgraduate studies;  Emanuel Hurwitz;  Michael Bochmann.

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