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 ‘Monday Nights’ with her duo Bancroft & Lyne is receiving critical acclaim.
“an album of the highest class, superbly produced, and entertaining” JAZZVIEWS
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.”
“what this duo of Bancroft & Lyne succeed in doing is add a veneer of most eloquent intimacy to the art of the [voice and bass] duet. Intimacy and sophistication, really…”
ABOUT MY SONG-WRITING
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 including vocalist Liane Carroll and pianist Louis Durra. 2022 sees collaborations with Deepness Dementia Media on various projects including writing songs for a new musical – The Ballad Of The Dementia Activist, a powerful and thought-provoking piece being written by Ron Coleman.
ABOUT MY WRITING AND FILMMAKING
In recent years Sophie has expanded her creative practice to include writing spoken word, poetry and prose and producing short film poems. She was awarded a Creative Writing Masters with distinction in 2019 and now has various pieces of writing published. One of her film poems was screened at the ‘Women Over Fifty Film Festival’ 2021 and Italian film festival Cinema D’Idea 2022. Sophie has also been awarded a bursary by Luminate Scotland to develop her film-making skills.
Film Poem ‘(S)kin’
Screened at the ‘Women Over50 Film Festival‘ 2021
Screened at Cinema d’IDEA 2022
Winner of Best Documentary Short at 8&Halfilm Awards June 2022
Honourable Mention for Best Mobile Film at Fox International Film Festival May 2022
Essay ‘A Mother’s Tale’ included in a compilation of poems written by sufferers of the BRCA gene mutation and associated cancers called ‘Steel Petals.’ Compiled by CL Monaghan, Published by Hudson Indie Ink, Publication Date 1st October 2021.
Poem ‘Courage’ commissioned by singer-songwriter Sara Colman to feature on the CD cover of her album ‘What We’re Made Of,’ released in September 2018
Article ‘Womb Talk’ published in the Shiatsu Society Journal, Issue 146, Summer 2018 – pages 25 to 27
ABOUT MY TEACHING
A renowned and highly sought after vocal teacher she currently teaches at Aberdeen University and The Reid School of Music at Edinburgh University alongside a busy private teaching and workshop tuition schedule. She also leads her local community choir – The Pathhead Choir.