Ms Sophie Askew – Harp and Clarsach
Sophie Askew studied as a scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music with Sidonie Goossens and Sioned Williams. As a scholarship student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music she studied with Karen Vaughan and Eira Lynn Jones and gained a B.A. (Musical Studies) and MMus (Harp Performance).
Sophie combines busy performing and teaching careers. As an orchestral player she plays with orchestras across Scotland including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; as a recitalist, she performs as a soloist and in various ensembles and duos including Cuerdas with cellist Lindsey Martindale, and with soprano Simone Sahyouni. Sophie has appeared as a guest recitalist and teacher at the Edinburgh Harp Festival, performed concertos with many orchestras including the B.B.C. Scottish Symphony Orchestra and regularly premiers works most recently Steve Davismoon’s work Driven Voids (for Harp, Voice, Violin and Electronics), a space specific piece for the Glasgow School of Art Reid Building.
Her work also takes her to the most prestigious venues in Scotland performing for private and corporate events. These include the National Gallery, Skibo Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Glenapp Castle, Stirling Castle, Glamis, Scone Palace, Prestonfield House, Greywalls and Gleneagles Hotel. Sophie has had the pleasure of performing in the presence of Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Heads of State, as well as prominent figures from the world of politics, entertainment and business including Tina Turner, Kirsty Hume and the American Ryder Cup team.