Marianne Schofield

Double Bass

Marianne is committed to presenting new music in an engaging way and is a passionate exponent of the double bass in contemporary settings. She is a founder member of The Hermes Experiment.

Marianne enjoys performing contemporary and twentieth-century works on a larger scale through her freelance orchestral work, most recently with the BBC Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Marianne has also performed as a concerto soloist with the All Saints Orchestra, and as a chamber musician at the Roman River Music Festival, with the Harborough Collective, and with contemporary groups Chroma and Riot Ensemble.

As a founder member of the band The Coach House Company, Marianne is active as a folk performer, improviser and arranger. In recent years, the band has performed at the National Portrait Gallery, Cecil Sharp House, Green Note in Camden, Wilderness Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, and has released two original EP discs: The Coach House Company (2014) and Maiden Tales (2016).

Marianne has enjoyed being involved in a variety of music education projects, working with organisations including the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, the Hallé, Wigmore Hall, and the Multi-Story Orchestra. She also co-ordinated a successful Guinness World Record attempt in 2014 for the ‘Largest Busk at Multiple Venues’ whilst working as an organiser for the charity Musequality, raising funds to support communal music-making for disadvantaged children in developing countries.

Marianne is an alumna of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, receiving her undergraduate degree in Music in 2013. She proceeded to study double bass performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she was taught by Graham Mitchell, Dominic Seldis and Chi-chi Nwanoku, and received her Master’s degree in 2016, graduating with distinction and the Eugene Cruft Prize for double bass. Marianne then continued her studies in Manchester after being accepted onto the year-long Hallé/RNCM String Leadership Scheme for 2016/17, where she was mentored by Roberto Carrillo-Garcia, Jiri Hudec and Ronan Dunne.

Marianne is hugely grateful to the organisations that have generously supported her studies, including the Headley Trust and the Greenbank Scholarship (RAM) and the Cambridge Bursary Scheme.

Twitter: @bass_schofield


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Marianne Schofield

Double Bass

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