Festival International et Académie

Sophie Haynes, cello


Sophie Haynes is a cellist, producer, curator and orchestral manager based in London, UK. As a cellist, Sophie performs on both modern and historical instruments as a soloist and with ensembles across the country. Sophie is a keen collaborator, and has been involved with various cross-arts performances and collaborations with actors, artists and dancers in unconventional spaces; including Royal Exchange, Guildhall Yard, Gloucester Blackfriars and The Old Biscuit Factory. Sophie performs regularly as a chamber musician and has played for larger ensembles such as 12 Ensemble, Opera North, Parallax Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and European Union Chamber Orchestra. Recent highlights include performing CPE Bach’s Concerto in A Major with Musique Cordiale Festival Orchestra, Brahms’ Clarinet Trio op. 114 in the Chapelle Saint-Barthélemy Christian Dior, and performances of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 with actor Oliver Hayes at Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott’s.

In 2010, Sophie was awarded a DFES government scholarship to study as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School for the sixth form. Here she studied principal study with Richard May, and chamber music with Matthew Souter, Brigid Kirkland-Wilson and Richard Ormrod. Sophie was awarded both the Yfrah Neaman Award and the WCS String Prize for exceptional and outstanding musical achievements. Her studies then led her to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied her Bachelors degree with professors Pierre Doumenge, Tim Lowe and baroque cello with Joe Crouch, during which time she was awarded the Wolfson Award for exceptional achievement. Sophie went on to complete her Masters in performance at GSMD in 2017 with Richard Lester and Joe Crouch; generously supported by the Lumb’s Foundation, the City of London Combined Education Charity and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Arts administration is another great passion of Sophie’s, and she is always seeking new projects to programme, coordinate or manage. Sophie has experience as a producer, orchestral manager, curator and administrator for various ensembles and events in London and the UK.

Sophie is the Artistic Projects Manager at London Mozart Players since February 2023. Prior to this she was the Events and Marketing Manager at Nonclassical, a record label, events producer and music promoter of contemporary classical, electronic and experimental music.  Alongside her employed role, Sophie also regularly freelances as an orchestral manager and producer for ensembles including 12 Ensemble, for large scale events at BBC Proms, Village Underground, The Science Museum and more. Sophie is also part of a small team producing the Musique Cordiale International Summer Festival in 2023.

Sophie is curator of Braganza Street Music, a series of private chamber music concerts founded in 2014. The series continues to flourish, with regular concerts and a recent commission from the esteemed composer Judith Weir in 2019.


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