Marianne Schofield is a founder member of The Hermes Experiment and is a passionate exponent of the double bass in contemporary settings. She is committed to presenting new music in an engaging way and, alongside her projects with The Hermes Experiment, she plays as a soloist and chamber musician with many London-based contemporary organisations, including as an artistic board member of Riot Ensemble, and as part of the LSO Soundhub scheme.
As a freelance double bass player, Marianne regularly performs with UK orchestras including Aurora Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, English National Opera, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Marianne is also a dedicated chamber musician, having recently performed with the Haffner Wind Ensemble, Chroma, Berkeley Ensemble and the Harborough Collective, and at chamber music festivals including Roman River Music, New Paths (Beverley) and Presteigne Festival.
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 enjoys being involved in music education projects at many different levels; as well as teaching privately, she recently led a class on contemporary performance with double bass students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has also worked on projects with the education departments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé, Wigmore Hall, and the Multi-Story Orchestra. She 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.
As a founder member of the band The Coach House Company, Marianne is occasionally also 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’ and ‘Maiden Tales’.
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.