Saxophonist

Sophie Burke

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About Sophie

Sophie is a Saxophonist, Vocalist, Piano Vocalist and Musical Director based in London.
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Caterham
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Sophie trained as a musical theatre performer at The Urdang Academy in Covent Garden. She soon went on to work as a top actor-musician in West End shows as well as no 1 UK Tours and around the world. Sophie has performed in shows such as 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'The Rocky Horror Show', 'Our House the Musical', 'Dreamboats and Petticoats', 'Threepenny Opera', 'Sweet Charity', and 'Jerry's Girls.' As a Piano/Vocalist, Sophie regularly plays at top London hotels and piano bars. Sophie also MD's and fronts her own band 'The Daisy Chains' - an all girl 6 piece rock 'n' roll band. As a Saxophonist, Sophie plays with various function bands as well as her solo vocal/sax gigs. She also plays with top DJ's with her Sax and DJ sets. Sophie's pit work includes; 'Carousel' - Arcola Theatre (Flute, Clarinet and Piccolo), 'Jerry's Girls' - Jermyn Street Theatre (Flute, Alto Sax, Clarinet, Piano and Ukulele) and 'Jekyll and Hyde' - Union Theatre (Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute and Piccolo). Sophie also played flute with 'The Wilderness Orchestra' - a 38 piece film orchestra for The Wilderness Festival.

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10 gigs
Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Musicianship
Genres:
Vintage, Covers, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Ska
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Event types:
Wedding, Corporate event, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Funeral / Memorial service
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Other skills:
Arranger, Actor, Dancer, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Orchestrator, Accompanist, Transcription, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Jazz Standards:
All of Me
I Left my Heart in San Francisco
Sway
Girl Form Ipanema
Sweet Georgia Brown
Moon River
I Got Rhythm
Autumn Leaves
Don't Get Around Much Any More
Fever
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
L-O-V-E
Moondance
Ibiza Classics:
Jubel Klingade
This Girl
Man with the red face
Intoxicated
Cheerleader
Shiny Goose
Garage Classics:
Flowers
Gotta Get Thru This
Rewind
Sweet like Chocolate
Pop:
Baker Street
Careless Whisper
Moondance
Whitney Houston
Beyonce
Uptown Funk
Ed Sheeran
Soul:
Stevie Wonder
James Brown
Aretha Franklin
Rock 'n' Roll:
Rock Around the Clock
Tequila
Great Balls of Fire
Will you still love me tomorrow
Jump Jive n Wail
Grease the Musical
Hairspray the Musical
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love how I engage with the audience and my song choices.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

West End Shows (Savoy Hotel, Playhouse Theatre) Royal Albert Hall After Party City Hall 4 Seasons Hotel Eastenders Cast Party Claridges St Pancras Hotel Twinwood Festival

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My Grandad Ken Mackintosh who was a famous Alto Saxophonist and Big Band Leader in the 50's/60's.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Either for Sadiq Khan at the O2 or for the female cast of Eastenders on the River Thames.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

As soon as I am set up I can play music through my speaker and I am happy to play music between my sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need around 1/2 an hour for a Saxophone performance to set up my PA and equipment. For Piano Vocal a little longer at around 45mins.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

The set list on here is only a small idea of what I can play. I have endless tracks I can play to and I'd be happy to talk through what you'd like for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I provide all my own equipment. My PA is a high quality fully PAT tested digital system and I have a wireless saxophone microphone if needed. I can also play a cappella (without accompaniment).

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely!

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£320
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£160
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£250
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£450

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£150
DJ set
+£300
Sophie
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4.9 out of 5
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Chelsey H
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sophie was absolutely awesome! Arrived with more than enough time to set up, even with some speaker issues was always professional and made it happen. Would 100% book again. Thank you Sophie for an incredible performance.

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Chris
2 months ago
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4.5 out of 5

Sophie was a fantastic musician and we are so glad we booked her for our party. Would 100% book her again and recommend anyone to book her. Thanks again. Chris & Amy

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April S
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sophie was fantastic played a variety of music to suit all ages at the party .It really added to the ambience of the party and everyone loved her !

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Rachel P
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sophie was an absolute dream for our hen do! We planned a surprise for our bride-to-be, which involved sneaking Sophie in to our airbnb house for the big reveal - Sophie was a great sport and got really involved :) Great communication before the event about song choices etc. Everyone had a blast and we were all so impressed. Thank you soooo much!! xx

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From other customers:

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Musical R
7 years ago

Byrne is one of those sickeningly gifted quadruple-threat talents who makes mere mortals feel even more useless than they are, but tap-dancing while playing the saxophone may even have been a new one for her.'

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British T
7 years ago

On Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute, the sensual and quite superb Sophie Byrne brings graceful support to Herman’s harmonies and melodies.

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From other musicians:

6th April 2016

I performed with Sophie in a Sax Quartet. Incredible Performer, really easy to work with and incredible player.