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Sophia

Welcome to my chat page, launched in 2019, I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to give everyone the chance to message me and to be able to update you on my thoughts and news.  

 

I wanted to start off by saying a big thank you to all those followers and fans who have already sent me messages, I will always do my best to reply to as many as I can, so be rest assured they do not get ignored, I read all of them!

So please feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments.


9/5/22

Hi everyone, great to be featured is so many newspapers and media outlets in Malta in the last few weeks ...


The Malta Independent on Sunday

The Times of Malta

Newsbook Lifestyle

I-Orizzont newspaper

Strada Rjali media

In-Nazzjon newspaper

Talk.mt news

The Sunday Times of Malta


Too many to put all the links on here, but some are shared on my Facebook page -Thank you xx

24/3/22

Hi everyone, thank you for your messages, including via Facebook. It’s been a juggling act this month with singing and giving media interviews - I’ve given 14 in total plus photos shoots, including for the national press which I will share over the coming months.

Delighted to share my interview from last month for Autism Unlimited as part of their recent campaign. READ

20/2/22

Thanks to The Times for the lovely headline!

11/4/22

Ground-breaking! - So honoured to be invited to open the Chris Page Centre in the UK on behalf of Autism Unlimited. 

This ground-breaking autism diagnosis and assessment centre will help change the lives for many adults and children across the country. 

Daily Mail

Hi everyone, thanks for all your lovely messages regarding my Daily Mail interview. 

By Ruth Addicott

21/1/22

Happy 2022 ! - Thank you for all your new year messages. - Well here it is! my new Facebook Page! - I’ve have had a lot of requests to include autism bits and pieces too. Thanks to everyone who has already liked/followed xx

16/12/21

American album recorded & released in US with ITG - John Holt ‘Facets 4’ - I’m singing one of my favourite song cycles with the brilliant trumpeter John Holt … available to buy from the ITG website - so much great music packed into this disc … 

Artist:John Holt, trumpet; Steven Harlos, piano; Sophia Grech, mezzo; Christopher Deane & Mark Ford, percussion.

Sorry to announce my performances abroad have been cancelled due to Covid restrictions, including todays recital at the Victoria International Festival Malta. 

30/11/21 

Congratulations to Autism Unlimited on their new look! - Proud to be their Ambassador and support their wonderful work. xx  -  In the midst of yet another strain of Covid, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my performances abroad aren't  disrupted in the coming weeks! - We are all living in uncertain times - stay safe!


31/10/21

Performances come and go but some audiences touch my heart! ...

Thanks to everyone for a special concert in Walton-on-Thames xx

#BaroqueToBroadway

Sophia Grech

Crispian Steele-Perkins

Leslie Pearson

27/9/21

At last!...

Theatres & opera houses are fully open and we are finally back in full swing!

Whatever corner of the world you live in, support your local theatre by going to a live performance xx

23/8/21

Pleased to announce the release of my recording, ‘Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito’, written by Xavier Montsalvatge, one of Spain’s most prolific composers. I have fond memories of meeting maestro Xavier whilst I was performing at Barcelona International Festival shortly before he passed away - thank you for your beautiful music xx

(Recording is available at iTunes, Spotify and other leading platforms.)


Ps! … Thanks for all your ‘get well soon' messages, singing whilst under the weather isn’t the easiest job! But the show must go on! xx  - (however, unfortunately I was unable to travel to Greece). 

27/7/21

So pleased to be a Venus Award Nominee! Feel very honoured, thank you X

24/5/21

Hi folks! Thank you for all your messages over lockdown. I was pleased to get back to rehearsals last week, also looking forward to my pending masterclasses at music colleges and online for conservatoires abroad.

...thanks to all for a lovely book signing in Dorset yesterday afternoon!

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14/6/21

New Release - Pleased to announce the long-awaited release of a number of singles from my solo album, together with pianist Jesus Carrasco. Thanks to Air-Edel Records, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the brilliant team involved in the production.
Available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and other music platforms.

8/4/21

Thank you for your messages regarding my recent interview in Leading Note Magazine; with kind permission from the BAMT I am now able to share this with you.

9/3/21

Hi folks, with Autism Awareness week beckoning, I am looking forward to continuing my role as an Ambassador along with Harry Redknapp and Gena Mentor, for Autism Wessex.

I’m pleased to be able to promote the inspiring work undertaken by the wonderful staff working within this organization.

29/12/20

Seasons greetings to you all! I thought I would share my recent interview in the Christmas issue of Living magazine, which focuses on my book ‘I Wish I Could Sing’. Take care!

11/2/21

Hi everyone, hope you are off to a good start this year. Thank you for all your messages regarding my book, unfortunately, due to covid restrictions, I’m sorry to announce the cancellation of book signings later this month in Bournemouth and Southampton.Hope to reschedule later in the year and look forward to seeing you soon.Stay safe and take care xx

28/10/20

Thank you for all your recent messages. We certainly are living in a changing world, especially in the arts, but things are moving slowly forward. I have enjoyed getting back to rehearsals and it was wonderful to rehearse recently with Crispian Steele-Perkins and Leslie Pearson - we are looking forward to performing our trio programme again. I've also been giving media interviews - one, in particular, deserves a special mention as their pioneering work is invaluable to the community: 'Leading Note' magazine (BAMT) - I am pleased to announce they be running a feature on me in their next edition.

11/9/20

Hi! With concert venues still closed due to the current climate, I have been busy with the release and promotion of my first book. This has involved giving interviews for radio and magazines, which has been great fun as well as keeping me busy. When we revert back to some sense of normality I'm looking forward to performing again and also undertaking some book signings.

I’ll appraise you all as to when the book signings begin and the locations of where these will be taking place. Hope to see you soon!

30/7/20

Hi everyone I am proud to announce the release of my book I Wish I Could Sing. If you have ever wished you could sing, now you can, with this very simple guide to improving your voice – so no more embarrassing renditions of Happy Birthday at the party!

                        

30/6/20

Hi everyone 
Hope you are all managing to get life back on track as we emerge slowly out of lockdown. After months of singing alone at home, I will be rehearsing tomorrow with the wonderful pianist Leslie Pearson - unfortunately, no definite concert dates yet - but will be fantastic to sing with Les, who is truly a talented superstar and friend!  

28/4/20

Hi folks, I just wanted to let you all know, my appearance at London's famous 606 Jazz Club is definitely postponed and not cancelled. The performance is part of a special charity event 'The Spitfire Women of the Second World War', for the charity Age Unlimited. This is an exciting event for me as it's not everyday opera singers are invited to perform on the Jazz circuit! I feel very honoured and will be singing some lighter songs including Cole Porter & Gershwin, along with pianist Sanja Stefanovic. This is actually the second time in my career that I have been invited to perform at a jazz club, the first time being in 1996 at a legendary jazz club in London's Soho.

20/3/20

Coronavirus- Hi! I hope you're all staying safe and well at this difficult time. I'm at home as my concerts are cancelled, so practising and working from home for now, plus glued to the news! My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones to this terrible virus. 
Take care X

24/2/20

Hi everyone, I wanted to share a picture with you:

I have just returned from giving a workshop at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and loved this fabulous ‘Save the Piano’ banner I saw hanging from the campus building.What a great idea, so wonderful! ️

13/1/20

Best wishes for 2020! Hi everyone hope you're all looking forward to this year. I'm currently preparing for upcoming performances and masterclasses, which of course will involve a lot of travelling. First stop for 2020 will be Belgium!

12/12/19

Hi folks, I have been travelling a lot this month but looking forward to the festive holiday season! Congratulations by the way to everyone for an amazing concert at Christchurch Priory last week!

25/11/19

I'm pleased to announce I have signed a publishing contract with Olympia Publishers for my book 'I Wish I Could Sing', (singing book for beginners). I've needed to take some time away from performing this month due to putting the finishing touches to the book, which has been an exciting project. I am anticipating that the first copies will be rolling off the press in 2020.

24/10/19

Hi folks, I have been busy performing this month, including one very special concert that deserves a special mention.

A couple of weeks ago I was honoured to have been invited to give a concert at Highgrove House, the beautiful home of Prince Charles. Together with trumpeter Crispian Steele- Perkins & pianist Leslie Pearson, we performed a varied programme from Handel to Gershwin. The event was a truly magical evening. 

27/9/19

Thank you for all your recent messages, my apologies for not responding to as many as I had hoped but this month I've been incredibly busy. However, I have a nice relaxing week ahead as my next performance will be in Dorset at the Weymouth Music Club, such a rare treat to be performing on my doorstep!

24/8/19

Hi folks, this message is for everyone who has asked me when I will next be performing in London. Last Night of the Proms' at Highams Park on Friday the 13th of September. 

30/7/19

Just wanted to say a special hello to some of the singers who had messaged me from masterclasses and concerts I have given over the years at various universities, close to my heart are the universities in the US including Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of North Texas, Edinboro University Pennsylvania, University of Missouri–St. Louis and the University of Massachusetts.  

 Thank you for all your messages, I promise I will endeavour to respond as soon as I have the opportunity.

24/6/2019

Hi everyone, there is still time to catch me in the Colin Postig exhibition which is touring the UK throughout this year. I am so delighted to be featured alongside other acclaimed personalities, including the celebrity Anne Hegerty.


Event is still running at The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield. Next stop will be Nottingham.  

22/5/19

Recently I have received a number of questions enquiring about singing in different languages. I have been asked how many different languages I sing in. During my career I have sung in numerous languages, in the last couple of weeks I have given concerts in Spanish, French, German and Italian, fortunately not all during the same concert.

 

I also sing in Maltese and Latin, but over recent years I've also sung pieces in Serbian, although I haven't quite mastered the language as a whole yet! Despite singing fluently in so many languages, I don't actually speak them, however, I can get by a little, in Spanish which by the way, is also my favourite language to sing in! 


21/3/19

So far this year, one of my favourite performances was in Belgrade at theKolarac Concert Hall, where I gave a recital with acclaimed concert pianist Sanja Stefanovic.The programme included songs by Schumann, Berlioz and Britten and was well received by the attentive audience. I consider this venue as one of my top list concert halls in the world to perform in, it has amazing acoustics and despite the large size of the hall, it feels intimate and very

personal, as such it is of no surprise that some of the most famous classical artists in history have graced the stage.

 

This is the second time that I have given a recital at this concert hall, the first being in 2017, it is a very special venue and holds great memories for me.

 

27/2/19

I have received messages and questions enquiring as to what my favourite piece of music is that I enjoy singing. This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many amazing repertoires to mention, however, I would have to say  'Sea Pictures' by Elgar. This is specifically written for the mezzo-soprano voice and consists of 5 songs. I have performed it numerous times worldwide throughout my career with many different orchestras; you can hear me performing a couple of the songs with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria on YouTube). I have also performed it many times with piano, which is equally enjoyable and have sung it with some wonderful pianists at many festivals including the Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic, Malta International Arts Festival and Oklahoma State Music Series in the USA. 

20/12/18

Firstly I want to apologise for the delay in publishing my singing book  'I wish I could Sing', so many of you have asked me when it will be published. It's nearing completion and when it is released and on the shelves, I will let all you know the date so you can go and buy your own copy or order it on-line.

 

The book was due to have been finished this year but yet again it's been such another busy year with performances and interviews both home and abroad. My most recent interview is due to be published nationally, so keep your eyes peeled and await the update! 

 

Whilst I'm on the subject of books, I was also delighted to have been featured in the new Adam Feinstein book, 'Autism Works' and was honoured to attend the book launch in September in London.

2018 has been another crazy year, by the way congratulations to everyone earlier this month on a great performance at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, I was the alto soloist in a sold-out performance of Saint- Sean's Christmas Oratorio, which was conducted by the wonderful Robert Secret; if you don't know the piece then have a listen, it is an amazing work.

 

Had a busy summer giving concerts with world-renowned trumpeter Crispian Steele- Perkins and pianist Leslie Pearson, one of the summer events was a concert held in the beautiful village of Shere, where we were delighted to be joined by the highly talented Classic FM presenter, soprano, Catherine Bott and her husband Stephen Henderson who is a highly recognised percussionist. He did us the honour of joining us in a few pieces; the day included a leisurely lunch in the soaring sun and heat of this year's wonderful summer; albeit the temperatures soared beyond what was comfortable!

 

More soon!


    Sophia