Dr Sophie Redfern is a music historian who enjoys a varied career combining formal positions in academia and the arts with freelance writing and speaking on all aspects of classical music.

She currently teaches musicology and performance at the University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield, having previously held Research Assistant posts at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a Teaching Fellow role at Liverpool Hope University.

As a researcher Sophie specialises in twentieth-century ballet, American music, and musical theatre, with the work of Leonard Bernstein a particular focus. She is the author of Bernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets (Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press), and in recent years has contributed articles and chapters to The Cambridge History of Music Criticism and The Cambridge Stravinsky Encyclopedia.

Since 2019 she has been the European Opera Centre's Curator, a role which has seen her lead the Centre’s adult opera education series, The Audland Talks, and train animateurs for the Centre's learning programme. In addition to this, Sophie has also been involved in opera productions, including as Dramaturg on a Musiksalon production at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

 

​A common thread across all her work is a commitment to engaging audiences and sharing knowledge and research. She has written programme notes and articles for the BBC, and in August 2018 was the guest Bernstein expert for the West Side Story Proms Plus/Radio 3 talk.