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…”
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.
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.
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.
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. Sophie has also been awarded a bursary by Luminate Scotland to develop her film-making skills.