Sophie leads both our Thursday night sessions at East Barnet School and our Wednesday morning sessions at St Stephen's Church, Enfield.
In addition to this, Sophie is the Co-Director of Vocally Sound Music Ltd and she loves absolutely anything to do with singing! Her favourite element of working with choirs is bringing all the different parts/harmonies together and creating one beautiful sound.
"With over 20 years of experience singing with Gospel and Choral choirs, and over 10 years of working with choirs, I am really looking forward to starting this new group, and to meeting lots of new members. I can't wait to help The Big Choir raise more money for the Francis Crick Institute through CRUK"
I am a skilled vocalist, instrumentalist (piano, flute, bass guitar) choir conductor, composer and arranger.
I've had the pleasure of working with such remarkable artists as Justin Timberlake, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Candy Dulfer, Bob Geldof, Ellie Goulding, 1975, Mica Paris, and Ibeyi, and have also performed at BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall and BRIT Awards’ ceremonies.
As a vocal coach, I've worked with BBC, ITV, Big Sing Choir, London Community Gospel Choir, The Bridge Theatre Training Company, Roar Music Academy, ARK Schools, Church of England, Diocese of Westminster and Polish Academy of Sciences.
As an active singer and instrumentalist, I am committed to emphasizing musicianship skills in my students, delivering practical, music making activities, which will lead to regular performances.
I'm so happy to be working with The Big Choir.
I am excited to be joining the team this new year; having watched the Big Choir perform with excitement and enthusiasm for what they’re doing; it felt like an experience that I wanted to share in.
Singing and being given amazing opportunities to join groups and choirs that I highly respected from a very early age I decided In 2005 to start a music agency called Vocally Sound with a focus on training up young singers and musicians and providing them with opportunities to work and perform. I’m proud to see many of them now with successful music careers going from strength to strength.
More recently I took a music sabbatical and focused on developing my skills as a Holistic Therapist. Treating clients with anxiety, depression, general ill health and sometimes cancer. I am now focused on continuing to develop my music and holistic therapy alongside each other. Joining The Big Choir is a step towards doing that; teaching and performing music with a focus on helping to heal.
Sandra is the choir leader for our St Albans group. She has a passion for a wide genre of music. She is musically influenced by great singers such as Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Fantasia Burrino to name a few, although her style of delivery is very individual.
Sandra brings a wealth of experience in stage performances (including theatre), gospel choirs, community choirs, recording studios and function bands. One of her highlights include directing the choir who accompanied Mary Wilson (The Supremes) at the 2008 MOBO Awards.
Having directed choirs since the age of 12, Sandra is particularly passionate about community choirs as it brings a sense of togetherness with people from different backgrounds. She enjoys seeing choir members grow in confidence, enjoying a sense of achievement.