Whether it’s playing in an orchestra or assisting in a medical emergency, Sophie knows the value of being part of a team. She was a junior doctor in the A and E department at Manchester Royal Infirmary on the night of the Manchester Arena attack two years ago.
Sophie, from Altrincham, is still very much on the front-line of medical care as registrar in the intensive care unit at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport.
Sophie, who plays double bass, says music is her release from work and she will be part of the European Doctors’ Orchestra which performs at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on Sunday, October 20 (7.30 pm).
The concert is in aid of St Ann’s Hospice for whom she has raised funds before. Sophie used to perform for Cheadle Hulme School at the charity’s Christmas concert at the Bridgewater.
Quite a few doctors have links with St Ann's and it'll be nice to support the charity again as it's always felt like a worthwhile cause. I've played in eight orchestras and a lot of doctors seem to enjoy playing music. It's nice to have that break from medicine and is a good way of relieving stress and providing an escape from work. I clearly remember the night of the Manchester Arena attack. We had an emergency action plan which took effect with incredible speed and we all knew our roles so we could receive the first wave of patients. It was a terrifying night and one I wouldn't want to repeat, but it was astonishing how we all came together as a team and I don't think we could have done anything more. Everyone showed great courage and bravery. Sophie Kreppel
The European Doctors’ Orchestra play twice yearly at different locations. Tickets for their Manchester concert are £22.50, including booking fee, and are available from The Bridgewater Hall.
The concert, celebrating the human spirit, features Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Brahms’ Song of Destiny and Symphony No. 7 Leningrad by Shostakovich. The orchestra will be accompanied by the St George’s Singers.