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 is currently an Honorary Research Fellow and Teaching Associate in Musicology and Musical Theatre at the University of Sheffield. She also holds a post supporting research activity at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and has previously taught at Liverpool Hope University.
In January 2019, she was appointed Curator at the European Opera Centre, a role which sees her lead the Centre’s new adult opera education series, The Audland Talks. She also trains animateurs for the Centre's Liverpool-based schools programme.
An active researcher, Sophie specialises in 20th-century ballet, American music and musical theatre, with the work of Leonard Bernstein a particular focus. She is the author of the recently published, Bernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets (Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press/Boydell & Brewer), and over the past year has contributed articles and chapters to The Cambridge History of Music Criticism (2019) and The Cambridge Stravinsky Encyclopedia (at press).
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.