Sophie Clarke is a Mezzo-Soprano, Actor and Recording Artist from Liverpool, UK. Praised for her "beautiful story telling" and "touching performances", Sophie has entered the classical music industry with thousands of loyal listeners and a line of successful performances. She has performed in prestigious concert venues nationally and internationally including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Norway's Grieghallen and she is currently charming audiences all over the UK and Ireland with London Concertante Orchestra on their West End Musicals Tour.
Sophie is in her final year of studying for a Masters of Music in Classical Singing and Opera at The Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Yvonne Howard and Louise Winter. She is the first student at the RNCM to be sponsored by the international Gilbert and Sullivan Society and she is also kindly sponsored by the Hargreaves and Ball Scholarship, Mr P Snook and Ms J Hodge. Sophie is the RNCM Song Cycle Competition Winner 2023 and the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition Winner 2022, for which she was subsequently invited to perform as part of the London Song Festival. Recent highlights include performing the role of the 'Witch' in Sondheim's 'Into The Woods' for the RNCM 50 Year Anniversary 2023, being the Alto Soloist in Handel’s 'Messiah' at Nottingham’s Albert Hall and performing as the Mezzo-Soprano Soloist in Bernstein’s 'Mass' firstly at The Royal Festival Hall in London, conducted by Marin Alsop, and then at Bridgewater Hall for the Manchester Premiere, conducted by Clark Rundell. In June of 2023, Sophie was delighted to make her Wigmore Hall debut singing works by composer Larry Goves to celebrate the RNCM 50 Year Anniversary and for the last year she has also been travelling around the UK and Ireland as a Soloist for London Concertante Orchestra's 'West End Musicals' UK and Ireland Tour.
Before this, Sophie filmed her solo performance for BBC One’s television series 'All Together Now!' sharing classical music with a wider audience and for Christmas 2022 she performed 'Walking In The Air' with Violinist Esther Abrami for 'Christmas Carols on ITV' which was hosted by Jane McDonald. Earlier in 2022, Sophie returned from Bergen, Norway after singing in the World Premier of Ryan Wigglesworth's 'Magnificat' at the Grieghallen with the Bergen Filharmoniske Kor, Edvard Grieg Kor and the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester conducted by Edward Gardner.
"A wonderful, consummate performer. This young lady can do everything. "
Parr Street Recording Studios
"The wonderful voice of Sophie Clarke!"
BBC Radio Merseyside
In Opera, she has recently played the role of 'Lyel' in Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Snow Maiden' for the RNCM SWinter Opera 2023. This summer, Sophie has been a Young Artist for Buxton International Festival performing as a member of the chorus in Bellini's 'La Sonnambula'. Sophie was also selected to attend a weekend residency at Opera North as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar to work on Baroque operatic repertoire with Laurence Cummings, Matthew Eberhardt and Will Cole.
For the last three years, Sophie has been a member of the RNCM Songsters - a pool of selected singers and pianists who specialise in song repertoire performing in a wide variety of concerts each year. She has been a Soloist at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, the UK’s largest cathedral, on multiple occasions, at The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and at Kings Cross St Pancras International Station for the Lord Mayor of London. Sophie was also Guest Soloist for the Rhos Orpheus Male Voice Choir alongside Foden's world renowned Brass Band at The Victoria Hall in Stoke-On-Trent. Since the age of nine Sophie has performed in various charity concerts and events every year all over the country, most prominently for The British Heart Foundation singing to raise funds for defibrillators to be installed into public spaces such as schools and leisure centres.
In addition, she has recorded for various solo and choral projects in locations such as Abbey Road Studios, Parr Street Studios and Hope Mill Theatre Recording Studios. She has various commercially released singles and a Christmas CD which have all been featured on BBC Radio Merseyside, Sound Radio Wales, iHeart Radio in the USA and many more stations around the world. Sophie has now released an original song alongside Liverpool composer Hannah Keeley entitled A Song For Us. The song, for which Sophie wrote the lyrics and melody, has been released in aid of Liverpool Heartbeat, for which Sophie is a proud ambassador.
"Watching Sophie sing is like sitting in the cinema watching a Katharine Hepburn movie."
The Last Stop Sounds Music Magazine
In 2020, Sophie graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Musical Theatre from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London where she was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. During her time at Trinity Laban, Sophie won the prestigious Trinity Laban Stephen Sondheim Performer of the Year Competition with her performance of Stay With Me from Into The Woods. Sophie was also a Finalist alongside pianist Tom Knowles in the English Song Competition after being the first Musical Theatre student in the school’s history granted permission to compete. Other theatre and dance credits include tap dancing away in the one off charity performance of Singin In The Rain at The Adelphi Theatre, West End which was hosted by Julian Clary and dancing for Canadian Fashion Designer Edeline Lee at London Fashion Week. She thoroughly enjoys work as an Emcee, most recently compèring for the 2022 Miss Yorkshire Final in Doncaster and for the London based Cinematic Syncopations Orchestra at Blackheath Halls.