26th Feb 2020
Hi everyone, I was invited to give a talk for the Royal Academy and Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp as part of INSPIRE! 2020. It was a fantastic event and everyone who attended said they gained some valuable knowledge and understanding of autism, from the challenges to the positives of being a student, to achieving an international career.
I thoroughly enjoyed the session and meeting all the staff and organisers involved. I was very impressed with the conservatoire and facilities it offers, what a wonderful place for students to study!
26th Sept 2019
Hi all! There's still time to catch me in the Colin Potsig exhibition tour “You, Me And Autism Too”. I am so delighted to be featuring alongside other acclaimed personalities including celebrities Anne Hegarty and Alan Gardner. The event is still running at The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield, next stop will be at City Arts, Nottingham.
Since being diagnosed in 2015, opera singer Sophia is also raising awareness and funding through guest appearances and concerts in addition to her regular performances.
In 2016 Sophia was invited to sing for the opening ceremony of XI Autism-Europe International Congress in Scotland and in 2017 she gave a performance (and her presentation 'Finding My Voice Through Singing') for Inservice Autisme International Conference in Belgium.
In the same year, Sophia made a guest appearance on the main stage at the Royal Albert Hall and spoke on behalf of NAS about her life as an opera singer with autism.
Sophia is delighted to have been featured in the book 'Autism Works' by Adam Feinstein, which was published in 2018 by Routledge publishers.
In 2019/20 Sophia will be featured in the exhibition "You, Me And Autism Too" which will be touring throughout the UK.
Sophia recently returned from Antwerp where she was invited to give a talk for the Royal Academy and Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp as part of INSPIRE! 2020.
Sophia is proud to have been made Ambassador for Autism Wessex in 2017 along with Harry Redknapp.
Autism - Europe International
22nd June 2019
Hi everyone, as you know I always plan my journeys well when I am singing abroad, however things can still go wrong, for example last week I was flying to Spain when I realised I had my sisters passport instead of mine, she had left it at my home and I accidently picked it up. Woops!
Fortunately I managed to get another flight.
Despite all my years of experience it can happen to the best of us!
27th Feb 2019
Thanks for all your recent questions, especially regarding how I have managed the extent of international travel during my career and which airports have best facilitated this. The most important element of travelling for me is to be able to plan my journey in detail, this includes all the elements such as travelling to the airport. Years ago my agent would facilitate all this on my behalf, including arranging my flights, I found this caused me immense anxiety as I didn’t know my flight details until the last minute. I now choose my own flights in order that I can decide what would be best for me.
The best ‘autism friendly’ airport I have experienced to date is Gatwick; they will give you a lanyard to wear so you won't need to explain your condition to members of staff. Most airports are very accommodating, Stanstead Airport staff, are amazing and cannot do enough to help, although Edinburgh Airport has won autism friendly awards I personally didn't find the staff very helpful. My favourite airport in the world is Munich in Germany, purely because the shops are great and no matter how busy it gets it always feels spacious!
My next flight will be from Luton Airport in a few weeks and I would recommend it, as it’s small and easy to negotiate.
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I was also delighted to have been featured in the Adam Feinstein book, 'Autism Works'.
Published by Routledge in 2018.
It is always a juggling act to be able to incorporate all the different aspects of my career as an opera singer as I also have many requests for interviews, plus commitments to various organisations and groups, including my role as ambassador for Autism Wessex since 2017.