Sophie regularly brings music to life for general audiences, giving pre-concert talks, writing programme notes and articles.​, presenting young people's concerts, and leading workshops. Her aim is always to reveal the story behind the music in an engaging and entertaining way.

Over the past few years, she has worked with the BBCEuropean Opera Centre, Hallam SinfoniaHallé, Sheffield Recorded Music Society, Showroom Cinema, and the University of the Third Age​.

During 2019–20, Sophie will be presenting the European Opera Centre's new series of opera talks in Liverpool, The Audland Talks. In addition to hosting and introducing each talk, she is speaking on the history of country house opera in Britain and is interviewing Dame Felicity Lott at the historic Royal Liver Building.

Selected BBC programme notes:

  • Proms 2020: online notes for Milhaud, Adams, Barber and Copland chamber music concert on 8 Sep readable here.

  • Bernstein, Age of Anxiety, Symphony No. 2 (after W.H. Auden); Slava! A Political Overture, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, cond. Marin Alsop, Royal Albert Hall, London, Prom 60, BBC Proms (27 Aug 2018).

 

  • Bernstein, Overture to Candide; Gershwin, Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, cond. Osmo Vänskä, Royal Albert Hall, London, Prom 31, BBC Proms (6 Aug 2018).

 

  • 'Leonard Bernstein: Lifelong Teacher’, commissioned essay, Season Guide, BBC Proms (Apr 2018), 38–41.

 

  • Bernstein, Hashkivenu; Missa brevis; Simchu na; 'Soldier’s Song' from The Lark,  choral concert, BBC Leonard Bernstein Total Immersion Day (27 Jan 2018).

 

  • Bernstein, Arias and Barcarolles; Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Touches; Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, chamber concert, BBC Leonard Bernstein Total Immersion Day (27 Jan 2018).

 

  • Manuel de Falla, El amor brujo (1915 ver.), BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Josep Pons, Barbican, London (19 Jan 2018).

 

  • Bernstein, On the Waterfront – Symphonic Suite, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée, Royal Albert Hall, London, Prom 58, BBC Proms (27 Aug 2017).

 

  • Manuel de Falla, El amor brujo (1925 ver.), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Charles Dutoit, Royal Albert Hall, London, Prom 43, BBC Proms (17 Aug 2017).

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