How to change your strings?

How to change your strings?

Happy Friday everyone!

String changing is something I usually teach in a violin lesson, but since so many of you ask about it, and thanks to Covid we are not able to teach in person as much as before, so check out the video below! I’m using a string set by Pirastro, called Perpetual, which is quite new, and I’m excited to say that they project very well and have an incredibly rich and imposing sound. I’m thrilled to be playing them, I will continue to use them, and thank you Pirastro for allowing me to try them!

Sophie XO

Happy Valentines Day! New track + Giveaway!

Happy Valentines Day! New track + Giveaway!

LOVE DAY IS ALMOST HERE!!

Well, we’re already a month into 2020 and it flew by… more restrictions but not creatively! I’m excited to share that I recorded a little love song called Walk With Me- a special piece of music with a story based on an old Irish song which dates back to the Jacobean rebellion. It’s about a woman who is heart broken that her lover has gone to fight in the war but that she wishes him well. So to me, it’s about giving your partner freedom in love and I think that’s beautiful. I imagine she’s inviting him to come back and join her.

We shot the music video at the Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna, a beautiful winter sports club here in British Columbia. It was stunningly beautiful, with snowflakes falling on us- and the suprised look of some skiers coasting by! I was so glad to have the whole family there- we all went out and had a fun day, and a fab team as well- thanks to:

Stephanie Lucile Photography, Uncorked Films and Jenny McKinney Makeup Artistry!

What’s going on here? Well…..I’m not sure about getting into this dress in the freezing cold!!!

 

This Valentines I also have a gift for you guys-  a Valentines Giveaway for Okanagan residents + a gift for the rest of you across the globe as well!

Here’s what you could win:

❤️One of 3 $100 Gift Vouchers to Kelowna Medical Aesthetics Kelowna (I get my facials here they are AMAZING!). Okanagan residents only.
❤️A Makeup Session with Jenny McKinney Makeup Artistry Kelowna (so FAB! Jenny did my makeup for this shot above!). Okanagan residents only.
❤️A Box of Valentines Cookies from Hello Hoopla Kelowna (totally delish, and a fellow Okanagan Mom). Okanagan residents only.
❤️One of 5 copies of Sophie’s New Single, Walk With Me. (I hope you fall in LOVE!). Winner can be anywhere in the world

Head over to my Instagram page to enter! https://www.instagram.com/sophieplaysviolin/

I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE THE NEW SONG THIS SUNDAY! How are you spending Valentines?

Sophie XO

 

Kissed by the Moon- Special Edition- OUT TODAY!

Kissed by the Moon- Special Edition- OUT TODAY!

Happy Mother’s Day World!!

I’m so excited to share that today, Kissed by the Moon (Special Edition) is now available! I created the first edition of this album before I become a mother, dreaming of peaceful nights with my tiny little arrival! I had no idea what was in front of me! It’s been a wonderful, amazing journey but also a learning curve teaching me patience, endurance and unconditional love. Now a mother of three, I was completely inspired to write something new for all my little ones, and for them to know I had them ALL in mind when I wrote it! From classic lullabies, to some not so classic lullabies from different parts of the world and some originals as well, this is the most relaxing music I have ever recorded! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it. Check it out!

Sophie Xo

 

*The original album was completed at and sponsored by OCL Studios, and the special edition track was produced by and co-written with Mike Sands.

Celebrating Christmas Classics Album Release with 12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAYS!

Celebrating Christmas Classics Album Release with 12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAYS!

You’re the best! It’s been another incredible year and I couldn’t have done it without you – my fans! From performing in Calgary at the Water Lantern Festival to filming at the Bonneville Salt Flats to capturing Unvanquished in Scotland. You’ve been with me with every journey, every song, and every step. What better way to give back than with 12 days of giveaways at Christmas?!

To show my love and gratitude of your support, #santasophie is launching an entire week of giveaways on Instagram! We’re kick starting the holiday spirit by giving away some amazing prizes to celebrate the launch of the festive season here, and the release of the new Christmas album!

Starting Wednesday, December 4th, follow me on Instagram – @sophieplaysviolin– and follow the contest instructions. We know you’re going to love the prizes we’ve got in store! From luxury accommodation at a Fairmont Hotel to a glam makeover to free music lessons for a year. We’ve got something for everyone. You can even win copies of my albums AND a performance for your special event! Check back on Instagram everyday starting December 4th for your chance to win some fabulous prizes – just in time for Christmas, celebrating the release of Christmas Classics , on December 3rd. One giveaway daily starting Wednesday, December 4th, right after my Christmas album Christmas Classics with @littleharpist is released on December 3rd!

Some of the companies that will be sending some Christmas joy to our winners:

Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
VA Hill Violins
Maison Blu Makeup Artistry
Chinook School of Music
Noel Festival
Dr For Moms and more!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe Christmas – and here’s to a fabulous 2020!

Sophie xo

Photo by @Kerim_photography Location: @FairmontPalliser

*Entries for any of the 12 Days Giveaways can be done anytime between 10am on 4th December until midnight on Sunday 15th December. Winners will be announced at 10am EST on Monday 15th December.

New Christmas Album OUT December 3!

New Christmas Album OUT December 3!

You guys! It’s been SUCH a whirlwind few weeks. I’m so excited to share finally, a preview of a BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM! Recorded with Toronto based Harpist Chantal Dube (known for her work with Drake) we recorded in two different cities (when I was 8 months pregnant and couldn’t travel!) to create this beautiful serene instrumental Christmas album with all your favourite Christmas Carols! Out NOW: https://music.apple.com/ca/album/christmas-classics/1544864440

Coming up, you may see Chantal with me on some of my appearances for this Christmas album- stay tuned! Here is an introduction to Chantal, and please check out her website and her amazing team of musicians out in Toronto! http://chantaldube.com/

*Photo of Chantal by https://fungke.com/

Chantal began her musical journey when she was just four years old under her mother’s expert tutelage. Her mother, who owned and operated a piano studio, remained a constant inspiration in Chantal’s life as she explored her passion for music and ultimately, the harp.

In 1992 Chantal attended the Royal Conservatory Summer School of Music at Ridley College, which was sponsored by the Niagara Symphony. Here she began her enduring relationship with the harp and she continued to take lessons with the Niagara Symphony’s Principal Harpist, Doris Scharing.
As Chantal advanced her harp-playing techniques, she initiated studies with the Principal Harpist from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Suzanne Thomas.

In 2006 Chantal and violinist Cheryl Hodgson recorded a Christian album entitled “Unto His Name”, a collection of spiritual songs interwoven with some well known classical pieces. After many requests for a solo album, in 2008 Chantal recorded her third album entitled “Still Moments”, a collection of hymns that have helped her through her spiritual journeys. Chantal also recorded a solo harp Christmas album titled “Heavenly Peace” which debuted on 100 Huntley Street Dec 7, 2012. You can purchase her latest albums on iTunes or email her at info@chantaldube.com to purchase the CD.

Since 1996 Chantal has been sharing her musical prowess with others through performances at occasions such as weddings, banquets, funerals and cooperate events. Her repertoire is very current including songs from the Top 40 charts and consists of many genres of music to please the varied tastes of her audiences. Chantal performs for over 50 events a year, with her years of experience in the wedding industry she comes highly recommended by Toronto’s top wedding vendors and venues.

Most recently Chantal was contacted by Drake’s producers to record for Drake’s album VIEWS. She received credits for her work on Drake’s album VIEWS which was released in April 2016.  The harp can be heard on the tracks titled: Keep the Family Close, U With Me & Child’s Play.

In her spare time, Chantal enjoys volunteering at the Credit Valley Hospital playing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the premature babies. The harp has been scientifically proven to benefit preemies. This is a unique way that Chantal is able to give back to her community.

“Chantal’s harp music brings a wonderful calming effect. The music creates a soothing environment for the infants, moms, and dads. It gives family members a moment to pause in an environment that can be very stressful and make families very anxious.” ~ Nancy Frank Patient and Care Manager, NICU.