Shakti Sings Core People

 Sophia Efthimiou – Musical Director

19399550_1701940740109269_3979531513898999547_nSophia is a passionate and established vocal facilitator, leading large choirs in London and Sussex and is uniquely placed, having been a Shakti Sings Assistant Musical Director in it’s first year of running. Her commitment to the land and water is well known. Sophia is singer and community musician working with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to rediscover the natural voice and reinforce the innate human ability to make music. She spent her early years singing Gospel music at church, where her passion for voice began. As a teenager she attended music camps which informed much of her experience of harmony singing, and led her first workshop in 2007. After her apprenticeship with Spitalfields Music she set up her first community choir – Hackney Harmony – in 2010. During her 4 years as music coordinator in primary education she completed the Music Workshop Skills course at Goldsmiths. She is passionate about singing for positive change and healing often leading singing at protests and actions, as well as for ritual and ceremony. Her workshops are heart warming and soul inspiring, creating a sense of euphoria, connection and empowerment for everyone involved.

You can find out more about Sophia and her work on her website - 

Watch Sophia’s  TED Talk‘ Singing Ourselves Home’


Bernadette Vallely – Project Manager

Bernadette-002Bernadette Vallely is a life-long social activist, award-winning writer, radio broadcaster, artist, campaigner and mother of two.

She founded Shakti Sings Choir in 2012 and is the creative and spiritual force behind it. She promotes sacred activities to protect the earth including managing a team Gaia’s Guardians, whose main interest is adopting and protecting rivers and raising consciousness about the sacred nature of the earth. She is currently researching a work, Earth Goddesses of the World which charts more than 600 Earth Goddesses of many faiths throughout history.

You can find out more about Gaia’s Guardians at