Born in Sussex, Sophie began her musical education as a chorister at St. Bede’s School Eastbourne, and as a music scholar at Ardingly College. She studied at Trinity College of Music, during which time she won a Choral Scholarship to St Martin-in-the-Fields. She has an Honours degree in Music and was awarded First Class for her final recital.
Sophie is now based in London, working in opera and in concert and session work. She has sung much of the choral repertoire as a soloist throughout Britain and abroad including soprano solos in Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Fauré Requiem, Händel Messiah, Mozart Mass in C and Bernstein Chichester Psalms (Johannesburg). Other choral works in her repertoire include Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Hamburg, Rheingau Festival & King’s College Cambridge), Berlioz Requiem (Lyon), Brahms Requiem (Hamburg, Valencia & Alicante), Händel Messiah (Valencia), Rossini Stabat Mater (Valencia), John Powell A Prussian Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis (Valencia & Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg) and Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’, Mahler Symphony No.2 & 8 (Valencia), Ravel Daphnis & Chloe (Lille), Poulenc Sept Répons des Ténèbres (Lille), Walton Belshazzar’s Feast and Haydn Creation.
Stage work includes chorus work for Opera Holland Park (Norma, Adriana Lecouvrer, I Gioielli della Madonna, L’elisir d’amore, Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci, Yevgeny Onyegin, Falstaff, Don Pasquale, La Bohème, Orpheus in the Underworld, Fidelio, The Magic Flute, Tosca), Sprite in the European Première of Fantastic Mr. Fox for Opera Holland Park and Carmen chorus for Ellen Kent Opera. Sophie sang for English National Opera’s recording of Verdi Macbeth for Chandos and has performed for Sky Arts Television. Film music includes live performances of Gladiator, Amadeus and The World Première of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Royal Albert Hall.
Solo roles include Nedda / Pagliacci (OperaUpClose). Violetta / La Traviata, Frasquita / Carmen (West London Opera). Pamina / The Magic Flute, Gretel / Hansel & Gretel (Village Opera). Despina / Così Fan Tutte, Gretel / Hansel & Gretel (Morley Opera) Susanna / Marriage of Figaro, 1st Lady / The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera). Lighter roles include Princess Ida / Princess Ida, Elsie Maynard / Yeoman Of The Guard, Josephine / HMS Pinafore (Brent Opera). Polly Peachum / Polly by John Gay, Narrator / The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Cinderella for Chaplins Touring Pantomime.
Sophie has held permanent positions as a member of the choirs of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Soho Square and St Anselm & St Cæcilia, Lincoln’s Inn Fields. She is currently a member of the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme and an active singer for London’s DepList.
MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS – “Sophie Walby brought to the party a finely tuned soprano presence. She has extensive experience as an operatic and concert soprano and her voice is strong and controlled, responding well to the moods of the songs and projecting the words clearly.” D.R. Lymington Times
POLLY (the opera) – “Sophie Walby brought an affecting poise and elegance…..” Neil Fisher, The Times
HMS PINAFORE (comic opera) – “We had the pleasure of Sophie Walby’s wonderful Josephine. From her first entrance to the final chorus she was a marvel. She sang the role with grace and has such a smooth even sound. I also loved her acting, whether earnest or comical. She was perfect for the role.” Nicholas Bartlett, Opera Talent