Sophie Howarth

A promising academic career?

For those of you who were fortunate enough to be at Tower when Sophie performed at the Variety Shows, Speech Days and House Music Festivals, will know how outrageously talented she is. Some of you will remember seeing her perform in the school production of Everybody’s Gone to Moon – the whole production being written around Sophie.

Sophie achieved outstanding CGSE Results (all at A*) and a very promising academic career beckoned. But, not for Sophie – she decided that she would put the academic pursuits on hold and dedicate her time to singing and songwriting. Some would say a brave and risky move; I wouldn’t; it was only a matter of time before the inevitable breakthrough. And that time is now! Spot the name of the support act on the picture below …

Sophie has recently been invited by Mike Scott to support The Waterboys on their upcoming European Tour. Mike Scott is the lead singer of The Waterboys and is world renowned for his song lyrics. He heard a cover version of Sophie singing The Whole of the Moon and was so ‘blown away’ that he contacted her – yes, he really did! If you are too young to remember the amazing Waterboys, check out the video of their global smash hit The Whole of the Moon at the very end of this page.

Article from The Chester Chronicle

A Chester busker has released her first single – thanks to the bass player of The Verve.

Singer-songwriter Sophie Morgan, 19, has been writing since she was nine-years-old.

She said: “I first started penning little poems and then after some piano lessons I began combining the two to create my first songs.”

Three years ago, Sophie, of Widnes, struck gold when she was invited to sing at a friend of her mother’s wedding.

She said: “Simon Jones of The Verve happened to be a guest and before long I was travelling back and forth to Chester to record some of my earliest songs in his studio in Great Barrow and he has been my musical guardian and friend ever since.

Sophie recorded her single with Simon and a few friends in the atmospheric St Bartholomew’s Church in the village and since its release last week it has received play on BBC Merseyside Introducing.

She added: “I have handmade a limited number of physical copies which I will be selling at future gigs and when I go busking in Chester over Christmas.”

Sophie is a regular guest at Chester venues such as Telford’s WarehouseAlexander’s, The Compass and The Ship Inn.

Musical hometown

She said: “Since age 14 I have been travelling over the bridge to Chester to work with Simon, busk and to play gigs. Chester was the very first place I ever sang outside school (at Telford’s Warehouse open mic) and the city gave me my first paid gigs at places like The Ship Inn whilst I was starting my GCSEs – getting in at 2am and then up for school the next morning!

“It has been my musical hometown since Widnes no longer has a music venue.

“Wandering around the beautiful countryside; landscapes of Chester and its surrounding villages definitely has a huge influence in my lyrics.”

Sophie’s single Marionette is available on iTunes and Spotify.

The song that made it all possible…

2018-02-26T11:24:02+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Alumni, Class of 2013, Latest News, Where are they now?|