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Sophie Lewis joined Sinfonia Cymru in 2006. Since then she has overseen significant growth across all areas of the orchestra’s work. In 2011, Sinfonia Cymru became the first and only revenue funded chamber orchestra in Wales. For this achievement, Sophie received the inaugural ABO/Rhinegold Orchestra Manager of the Year Award.
On behalf of Sinfonia Cymru, Sophie has developed strategic partnerships with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Young Classical Artists Trust and The Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport as well as launched a new model, website and brand for the orchestra. Sophie is a Board member of the ABO and Presteigne Festival and plays an active role in various industry forums and events including Classical Next, ISPA and the British Council Transform Programme.
Sophie began her arts management career in 1994 at English National Opera as a busy Secretary to the General Director before moving on to the Arts Council of England to be an Assistant Officer in the Touring Department. In 1998, Sophie left London to take up the post of Assistant Orchestra Manager at Welsh National Opera, remaining there until 2004 having become Orchestra Manager three years earlier. Sophie holds an MA in Classics from Durham University.