Heralding from one of Britain’s top jazz families, with brothers Tom and Phil Bancroft, Sophie’s early part of her career saw her performing jazz vocals around Britain and Europe at major jazz festivals and clubs, and on regular broadcasts for the BBC. She has gone on to have a highly successful career as a singer-songwriter with a unique blend of jazz and folk influences. Her most recent CD ‘Songs’ was included in The Herald’s top 50 albums of 2015.
Sophie regularly performs with her partner, bassist Tom Lyne, in their duo Bancroft & Lyne, including a recent performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York, where they were heralded as a ‘must see’ act.
“Brave, bright and engaging throughout and much easier to tour than a big band,
with no lack of presence.”
She also regularly performs to much acclaim with her great friends, colleagues and multi-award winning vocalists Liane Carroll and Sara Colman as Trio CCB.
“The love in the room was tangible, the talent (singing, song-writing and musicianship!) top drawer and the sense of fun and playfulness infectious. But behind it all lay two qualities which elevate the great from the good: fearlessness and honesty. ”
Collaborations with electronic band Spylab led to her songs being used on US hit TV show ‘Six Feet Under’ whilst her acoustic songs have been recorded by various award-winning artistes.
A renowned and highly sought after vocal teacher, Sophie has taught at the University of Strathclyde, The Royal Conservatoire, Newcastle University, City of Edinburgh Music School and now teaches at the University of The Highland and Islands and St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh alongside her busy private teaching and workshop tuition schedule, including The International Jazz Summer School and the Trio CCB: Vocal Jazz Workshops. She also leads a local community choir – The Pathhead Choir.
Following her attendance at an Authentic Artist Workshop in January 2017, and being selected to attend a Space/Time retreat run by theatre company Magnetic North in June 2017 Sophie is now expanding her practice to include writing spoken word, poetry and prose that she delivers in performance alongside her songs. She is now studying a Creative Writing Masters to enhance this new area of her practice.
“What a lovely observation and connection!”
“Thanks Sophie this touches the inner most part of me. Makes me realise how hungry I am for soul food.”
“Wow! Wonderful and powerful.”
“Reading this has given me hope.”
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