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Cellist Sophie Gledhill enjoys a varied freelance career based in London. Performing regularly with the likes of BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, she also loves to play for West End shows including Les MisÚrables, Wicked and Kinky Boots. In 2016, Sophie was cast as an actor-musician in Opera for the Unknown Woman, an eco-feminist sci-fi multimedia music drama.
An advocate for the use of music for social change, Sophie was selected to join the 2018 cohort of the Global Leaders Program, in association with the Orchestra of the Americas. As part of this, she travelled to Easter Island to work with Toki Rapa Nui, Latin America's first completely sustainable music school, and was awarded the Global Humanitarian Entrepreneur Prize by the Hildegard Behrens Foundation. In 2019, Sophie looks forward to her role as Artistic Associate during the Musicians in Residence programme at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.
Sophie read music at the University of Cambridge before receiving a master's degree in cello performance at the Eastman School of Music, USA, where she studied with Steven Doane.
Prizes and Awards
James Marshall Foundation Grant (2011); Leverhulme Trust Bursary (2010); Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award (2009); British Airways Olympic Bursary (2009).
Steven Doane, Guy Johnston, Richard May and David Smith.
Sophie joined Morgensterns in June 2012
Sophie's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019
Sophie Gledhill is a freelance cellist based in London. As an orchestral musician, she performs with the likes of BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. She especially enjoys working in theatre for opera, ballet and musical theatre productions, playing regularly with companies including English Touring Opera and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and for West End shows including Les Misérables, Wicked and Kinky Boots.
In addition to working in orchestra pits, Sophie loves to perform on stage as an actor-musician. In 2013 and 2015 she took part in UK tours of The Imperfect Pearl, a music drama about the life of Italian Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli. In 2016 Sophie was one of 11 cast members in Opera for the Unknown Woman, a new multimedia musical theatre production, in which she appeared as cellist (playing both scored and improvised music), actor and singer.
Sophie is an advocate for the use of music as a tool for social change, and is delighted to have been accepted onto the Global Leaders Program 2018. As one of 36 musicians from 15 countries around the world, she is exploring issues relating to civic leadership, teaching artistry, cultural agency and social entrepreneurship. An avid traveller, Sophie has relished recent opportunities to perform in Azerbaijan, Chile (including Easter Island), China, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden.
Sophie read music at Clare College, Cambridge before receiving a master's degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music, USA, where she studied with Steven Doane. She is grateful for the support she received from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and British Airways.