Autism

Opera Star & Autism

Since being diagnosed in 2015 and in addition to her artistic career, Sophia is raising awareness through guest appearances and media interviews worldwide as part of her role as an appointed international Autism Ambassador.

Autism - Europe International

Congress 

Sophia has spoken and performed for the opening ceremony of XI Autism-Europe International Congress in Scotland and has also been invited to perform her presentation titled Finding My Voice Through Singing numerous times, including for Inservice Autisme International Conference in Belgium. From 2019 - 2021 Sophia was featured in the exhibition You, Me And Autism Too, by Colin Potsig, which toured throughout the UK.

One of Sophia's many guest appearances includes the Royal Albert Hall (main stage) where she also spoke on behalf of NAS about her life as an opera singer whilst living with autism.

Sophia regularly gives media interviews, most recent include, Malta national television, leading newspapers Le Temps, Switzerland and French newspaper Le Monde. In 2019 Sophia gave a feature interview for the Daily Mail newspaper where she spoke candidly about her autism diagnosis. Sophia is also delighted to be featured in the book Autism Works by Adam Feinstein, published by Routledge.

In Belgium Sophia was invited to give a presentation for the Royal Academy and Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp as part of INSPIRE 2020.

In the United States of America Sophia is delighted to be appointed International Ambassador for the pioneering charitable organisation Angels' Castle, based in Ohio. She has also been collaborating with BIAAE, Berklee College of Music in Boston, including appearing as a guest host on the recent ABLE Voices Podcast.

In the United Kingdom Sophia is proud to be appointed Ambassador for the British charity Autism Unlimited and was invited to open the ground-breaking Chris Page Diagnosis Centre on behalf of the charity in 2022. 

In Malta Sophia is honoured to be recently appointed Ambassador for Autism by the Ministry for Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, who also published and launched Sophia's singing book in the Maltese language edition in 2023.

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Autism Works



Sophia is featured

in Adam Feinstein's book,

'Autism Works'.


Published by Routledge

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC  |  USA


ABLE VOICES PODCAST

- Guest host Sophia Grech

Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education

News | Malta 2023


Appointed Ambassador for Autism by the Ministry for Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector


"...It’s a great honour to support Malta's wonderful achievements and collaborate with the Honourable Minister".                                                                   

Sophia

Book Launch | Malta 2023

"I Wish I Could Sing is a strong example of encouraging people with this condition not to give up, rather to take courage that once there is will and determination, the destination is reached". - Minister Farrugia Portelli.


Sophia's singing book I Wish I Could Sing was published and launched in Malta by the Ministry for Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector. The launch took place in April to coincide with Autism Awareness Month. Published in the Maltese language Grech looks at access to singing for those who want to start singing or even improve their voice. The book serves as an example, help and encouragement for people on the autism spectrum. In a speech at the launch the Minister for Inclusion, Volunteering and Consumer Rights Julia Farrugia Portelli said that Grech's initiative fits perfectly into the operation of Malta's National Autism Strategy.

News | USA 2023

- Angels' Castle  

Sophia is honoured to be appointed International Ambassador for the pioneering charitable organisation Angels' Castle, based in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Singing Workshops | UK


- 2024 Autism Unlimited

Opera Maine | USA 2023

Sophia was delighted to work with the cast and creatives at Opera Maine on their inspiring production of Rocking Horse Winner.


The performance is available online for

a limited time only, donations are most welcome as Opera Maine is a nonprofit organisation.

Autism Unlimited | UK

'My Autistic Self'


- campaign 2023

Exhibition Tour


- You, Me And Autism Too


Sophia is delighted to be featuring in the Colin Potsig UK exhibition tour alongside celebrities Anne Hegerty and Alan Gardner. The event is still running at The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield, next stop will be at City Arts, Nottingham.


NATIONAL CAMPAIGN | UK

2022

Belgium | 2020

Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp 


- Sophia was delighted to give a workshop at the

Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp as part of INSPIRE 2020

INSPIRE 2020


NATIONAL CAMPAIGN | UK

2022