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photo by Lee Richardson – Session 2

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A confident musical voice that is distinctly jazz-based, Sophie writes and performs with an inspirational folk expression, giving us hints of Kirsty McGee, Thea Gilmore, and the wit, sensuality and expressive minimalism of Peggy Lee. Her music has been used on American hit TV series ‘Six Feet Under’ and recorded by various artistes including award winning  jazz vocalist Liane Carroll and  pianist Louis Durra.

 

Her most recent CD ‘Songs’ was included in The Herald’s top 50 albums of 2015.

“Nothing short of completely captivating.” FATEA

  Sophie is also a poet and writer and was recently awarded a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing. Please visit her blog – Sophie’s Words: Spoken, Written and Sung
Alongside her writing and performance career, she is a busy music educator with an extensive private teaching and vocal, songwriting and creative writing workshop schedule.
She has also designed a series of greetings cards featuring her landscape photography, lyrics and songs.

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CURRENT NEWS

Lockdown(19.03.2020)
What a strange time for our world. It’s taking a while to adjust to this new way of being, but adjusting I am. This month I was supposed to be holidaying in Bruges, Belgium and gigging in Egypt with my brothers band In Common but now I am at home, getting to grips with online teaching, gardening, writing and hanging out with my 2 year old granddaughter. Could be worse!!! Sadly I have had to postpone the wonderful Cromarty Vocal Jazz Workshop in April but we have rescheduled to November so fingers crossed we will back to a new normal by then. I am seeing some beautiful human spirit coming out in my village at the moment, and because many of us that live here are musicians, it is busier than usual with all our travelling work cancelled. Lovely seeing my musician neighbours and dear friends over the fence as we all get out in the garden to stock our newly built raised beds with vegetable seeds and cut down over-growing trees to maximise the sunlight. This is not normal but rather wonderful. I send much strength to you all during this very challenging moment in our world. xxxxxx

Being painted (7.12.19)
I am honoured to have been the subject of a painting painted by my incredible neighbour Tim Dixon. He captures his painting process on video and then puts it alongside the music created and performed by his subject which is such a fantastic idea. Here is the video which features my song Blue Room:
https://www.timpauldixon.com/painting-sophie-bancroft

I did it 🙂 (23/10/19)

I have been awarded a Masters of Arts with Distinction in Creative Writing and I am absolutely delighted.

 

 

 

 

 

Phew!!!!! (13/10/19)
Finally finished my Creative Writing Masters and handed in my 20,000 word dissertation at the end of September. Huge amount of work but have loved every minute of it. Am now beginning to surface and return to some sense of normality, whatever that is 🙂 Looking forward to doing some writing, performance and workshop with dear friend and colleague Sara Colman.

Writing, writing, writing! (16/01/19)
Head down this year in the final 9 months of my Creative Writing Masters – just enough time to gestate a word baby 🙂 . Loving the work and having to lay some other things to rest temporarily, however all this poetry and prose is also spurning some new songs. I look forward to being able to share them all at some point.

#findsophiesguitar (17/07/18)
A wonderful summer of gigs and workshops so far, despite Easyjet losing my beloved Gibson guitar on the way to French workshop and concert. Turned up 4 days later in LGW thankfully.

SINGLE AND VIDEO RELEASE OF BLUE ROOM (23/03/18)
Available to purchase here

RUNNING THE 10k RACE FOR LIFE (27/02/18)    
Along with my friend Emma, I am now in training to run the 10K Race For Life in May 2018. Any donations towards Cancer Research are very gratefully received here
https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/sophieandemmas-race-for-life-1055

INSTRUMENTAL COVER OF ONE OF MY SONGS (14/02/18)
Check out the beautiful recording of my song Bird Of Paradise arranged and played by phenomenal pianist Louis Durra https://youtu.be/mox6QMkvX_U

SINGING RETREATS 2018
I am very excited to be leading some singing retreats at the stunning Gartmore House in the Trossach’s National Park:
Full info and booking contact is here
http://www.gartmoreestate.com/gartmore-house/activity-holidays/singing-retreat/

RECORDING Jan 2018


Tom Lyne and I are currently recording in our home studio. Looking forward to sharing the results.


NEW BANCROFT & LYNE PHOTOS by Louis De Carlo