Sophie Stockham

A freelance alto/tenor saxophonist based in Bristol UK, Sophie has studied with Dennis Rollins, Soweto Kinch, and Abram Wilson. She performs regularly at major venues and festivals across the UK. With her own original projects, Dakhla and Sefrial, Sophie has supported major acts such as Jerry Dammers (The Specials), The Apples, Hot 8 Brass band, Youngblood Brass band, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and The Black Seeds. Sophie has had regular national radio play (BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 6) and her bands have performed for BBC Introducing's ‘Best of New Jazz’ at the Manchester Jazz Festival, at Montreal Jazz festival for BBC Introducing, and at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum. Sophie's strong incisive signature sound makes impressive use of space and melody.


Sophie has taught for several years, creating tailor-made teaching programs to suit each student. Sophie's main focus is to encourage creativity and individuality, whilst providing students with a strong technical foundation. Whether you are new to playing saxophone or experienced but in need of a push to the next level, Sophie can help you grow confidence and ability. Sophie teaches from her teaching space in Totterdown, and at the Headwind Music shop.

Sophie is now providing online lessons. Please get in touch for details.


£30 - 1 hour lesson

£22 – 40 min lesson

Discounts are available for block bookings - please message for details. Please note lessons that are missed entirely or cancelled within 24 hours will be charged at the full rate.



Dakhla Brass

'Dakhla - here is one of the bands doing great things right now! Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla... is well worth picking up' Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

'Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla, really is a blazing triumph and puts their name right up there with the best of them in this genre' Simon Redly, Blues and Soul magazine

'A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.' Sound on Sound

'Dakhla are an important part of the wave of modern groups that draw on the brass band tradition in some way. They are all directed towards a very personal sound that is both fully uplifting and hard hitting' Kevin Le Gendre, Jazz wise

In 2019 Dakhla Brass arranged their music for the Bristol Symphony Orchestra. Sophie arranged two pieces for this concert. Insomnia Somnia and The Last Host. Please follow band camp link to hear.


Sefrial are sugar-gold-diamond-encrusted magic BBC Introducing

With influences as diverse as John Zorn, Medeski Martin and Wood, and Tin Hat, Sefrial is the brain-child of rising star Sophie Stockham.

A saxophone-heavy front line featuring the energy and lyricism of Sophie’s alto, complemented by the unmistakeable sound and brilliance of Jake McMurchie on tenor, groove and invention is provided by the chief composer Matt Brown on drums, under-pinned by the warm sound of Greg Cordez on bass. The band is completed by the distinctive Joe Wilkins on guitar, who blends the blues and energy of Jimi Hendrix with the subtlety of Bill Frisell or Marc Ribot.

Expect distinctive original compositions that owe as much to alt-rock and americana as jazz.


A great band, playing some of my all-time favourite music with real panache Mainly Jazz In Bristol

An exciting new acoustic jazz quartet featuring members of Dakhla Brass, Get The Blessing, and We Are Leif with Sophie Stockham on Tenor Sax, Pete Judge on Flugelhorn, Chris Jones on Double Bass and Matt Brown on Drums. This chord-less quartet will be exploring some of their favourite compositions by Thelonious Monk, Don Cherry, Johnny Dyani, Joshua Redman, Dewey Redman and more.


Four of Bristol’s most highly respected instrumentalists Bristol 24/7

Starlings are a four piece instrumental funk, jazz and latin band made up of four seasoned instrumentalists from Bristol who formed in the Autumn of 2018. With Ruth Hammond (Brass Junkies, Hopkins - Hammond Trio) on keys, Sophie Stockham (Dakhla Brass, Sefrial) on saxaphone, Lisa Cherian (Dockside Latin Orchestra, Balia La Cumbia) on percussion and Emma Holbrook (Athea, World Government) on drums. Starling draw from both the past as well as present featuring tracks from artists such as Lettuce, Soulive, Maceo Parker, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy McGriff, Louis Jordan and The Meters. They will also be working on their own original material in the near future.