Alto, Conductor and Choir Trainer Sophia Vaughan

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Sophia graduated with a BMus (Hons) TCL from Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), where she studied with Linda Hirst and Helen Yorke, with whom she still studies.

Sophia has performed with the Philharmonia Chorus, The BBC Symphony Chorus and the Early Music group ‘Charivari Agréable’, to name but a few. She has also performed at numerous venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, St David's Hall, Cardiff and The Foundling Museum, London. A live recording of 'Sea Symphony' by Vaughan Williams was made at the Royal Albert Hall in 2001.

Sophia’s operatic roles include Cesare in Handel's
Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, in Rinaldo and Eduige in Rodelinda.

Sophia’s solo engagements include
Messe Sollenelle by Rossini, St Nicholas Mass by Haydn, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day by Purcell, Mass in C by Mozart and Vivaldi's Gloria.

Sophia realised a long-term ambition by establishing
Carolus Rex, a vocal ensemble, in 2003. As director/conductor of the ensemble, Sophia commissioned a CD recording in 2008.

In 2015, Sophia set up amateur choir,
The Copthorne Consort, which ran until 2020.

A passion for choral conducting came from singing for many different conductors, as soloist and choir member; this lead Sophia to create a choral workshop programme for enhancing choirs and helping conductors with choir interaction and rehearsal and baton technique.

In 2020, renowned composer Jeffrey Joseph composed a song cycle for Sophia, entitled, 'A Child Asleep'.

Sophia can often be heard singing as Cantor at Worth Abbey Church and works closely with D'Arcy Trinkwon, international concert organist.

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