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Sophie Gledhill (Cello) Profile

Sophie's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Orchestras: BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Senbla Concert Orchestra, Thames Festival Orchestra.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): Ballet Rambert, English National Ballet, English National Opera Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Nevill Holt Opera, New Adventures Orchestra, Northern Ballet, Opera North Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
  • Orchestras (Baroque/Classical): Armonico Consort.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Aurora Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, New Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra of St Paul's, Sinfonia Cymru.
  • Chamber Ensembles: Estilo Quartet.
  • Shows: Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon, Oliver, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, West Side Story, Wicked.
  • Sessions: Isobel Griffiths, Justin Pearson.
  • Education Work: English Touring Opera Education.

other items of interest …

  • Armonico Consort
  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Bath Philharmonia - co-principal
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales (tutti trial, 2017-2019)
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia - co-principal
  • Faust Ensemble - co-principal
  • FeMusa Ensemble - co-principal
  • London Concert Orchestra
  • Milton Keynes City Orchestra
  • Mozart Festival Orchestra
  • New Mozart Orchestra
  • Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra
  • Orchestra of Northern New York, USA
  • Orchestra of St Paul's - principal
  • Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera, Sweden - principal (trial for co-principal, 2013)

Opera & Ballet:

  • English Touring Opera - co-principal & solo cello for education projects
  • Nevill Holt Opera - co-principal
  • Northern Ballet - sub-principal
  • Opera Holland Park - string quartet
  • Opera South - principal
  • Rambert Orchestra
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia - sub-principal
  • Ryedale Festival Opera - single strings
  • Vignette Productions - single strings
  • Winslow Hall Opera - principal


  • Mendelssohn Octet with the Dante Quartet, King's Hall, Cambridge
  • Schubert String Quintet with the Rivoli Quartet, Tilford Bach Society
  • Brahms String Sextet in G for London Cello Society, Royal Academy of Music
  • Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet & Shostakovich String Octet, Wigmore Hall & Cheltenham Festival


  • Lalo Cello Concerto, St John's, Smith Square
  • Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, St John's, Notting Hill
  • Recital of works by Beethoven and Zipola, Italian Cultural Institute, London
  • Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile for cello and string orchestra, Proms at St Jude's
  • Haydn Cello Concerto in D, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
  • Bruch Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge


  • Antigone,composed, arranged and performed solo incidental music, MA, USA.
  • Dessa Rose, European premiere, Trafalgar Studios
  • Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Criterion Theatre
  • Kinky Boots, West End - dep
  • Les Miserable, West End - dep
  • Mary Poppins, UK National Tour - dep
  • Oliver, Leicester Curve Theatre
  • The Imperfect Pearl, two UK Tours funded by Arts Council England & live on BBC Radio
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular - dep
  • West Side Story, UK National Tour - dep
  • Wicked, West End - dep

Sessions & Pop:

  • Alexis Bennett: The Caretaker - solo cello for short film
  • Blake & Shirley Bassey
  • Camilla Kerslake
  • Danyal Dhondy: Dreaming of Leo - solo cello for short film
  • Harper Simon, Shepherd's Bush Empire
  • London Electronic Orchestra (Kate Simko)
  • Nadim Naaman
  • National Film and Television School
  • Neolektra, live on BBC Radio London
  • Noah and the Whale, UK tour and live on BBC Radio 2
  • Patrick Hayes Electric Ensemble
  • Seymour Milton: scored & improvised solo cello pieces commissioned by James Cousins Company - premieres at Sadler's Wells, Oper Graz & Jerwood DanceHouse
  • Universal Publishing Production Music

Cellist Sophie Gledhill enjoys a varied career, performing with orchestras (BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales), for opera (English National Opera, Opera North), ballet (Royal Ballet Sinfonia, English National Ballet) and as an actor-musician ( Opera for the Unknown Woman, The Imperfect Pearl). In the second half of 2019 Sophie was a member of the orchestra for the staged concert production of Les Miséeacute;eacute;rables in the West End's Gielgud Theatre, while also performing as principal cellist with English Touring Opera for their autumn season.

During early 2019 Sophie spent ten weeks at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, first as Artistic Associate for the Musicians in Residence programme, and latterly premiering two contemporary operas including No One's Safe by Nicole Lizéeacute;eacute;e, an immersive murder mystery set in a collection of cabins in the woods.

Sophie is an advocate for the the use of music as a tool for social change and, in 2018, she was awarded the Global Humanitarian Entrepreneur Prize by the Hildegard Behrens Foundation for her proposal for RippleTank, a socially driven sound installation collective. Sophie studied 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.


Graduate studies

  • 2009-12
    Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, USA MM: Cello Performance and Literature. Graduate Award Holder; studied with Steven Doane
  • 2006-09
    Clare College, University of Cambridge BA (Hons): Music. Instrumental Award Holder; studied with Guy Johnston

Schools attended

  • 2004-06
    Wells Cathedral School DfES-funded Specialist Musician; studied with Richard May
  • 2001-04
    Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, London Studied with David Smith

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 26th Feb 2020


Sophie Gledhill (Cello) Profile

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.


Sophie Gledhill (Cello) Profile

 Teaching experience

  • 2012 Belvoir Terrace Summer Arts Camp, USA - Cello Teacher
  • 2009-2012 Eastman School of Music, USA - Teaching Assistant
  • 2011 National Children's Wind and Chamber Orchestras of Great Britain - String Tutor
  • 2011 St Columba's College Preparatory School, St Albans - Classroom Music Teacher
  • 2011 Blue Tutors Agency - Registered Private Tutor of practical and academic music
  • 2010-11 Loughton Music Academy - Teacher of cello, violin, piano, recorder and chamber music
  • 2010 Musicale Young Artists' Programme - Cello Tutor


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