Sarah is a young, vibrant choral director, enjoying a blossoming career as a conductor and vocal coach in London and the South East.
She read music at Cambridge University, where she held a choral scholarship with Sidney Sussex College, and completed a BA Hons between 2007 and 2010. She studied conducting with David Skinner and Stephen Layton, and performed in masterclasses with Stephen Cleobury, Andrew Nethsingha and Timothy Brown, receiving a First for her final year conducting paper.
After graduating in 2010, Sarah continued her conducting studies in Brighton with Deborah Roberts and John Hancorn, where she worked closely with Brighton Early Music Festival as a vocal coach and director, and conducted the B.R.E.M.F. Community Choir and the B.R.E.M.F. Consort in performance.
Due to her involvement in the scheme and through singing with the Celestial Sirens, a consort group associated with the Festival, Sarah became particularly interested in music written for and by women. She currently directs Glass Ensemble, a twenty voice ensemble based in Berkshire exploring 19th and 20th century repertoire for women's voices.
As an alto, Sarah is currently a Lacock Scholar and studies with Jenevora Williams. In 2014, Sarah was awarded the Association of British Choral Directors bursary scheme for young conductors, and through the scheme worked with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, a 150- strong chorus. Highlights of the year included conducting the chorus in Mozart and Purcell opera choruses at St. Clement Danes Church as part of the Brandenburg Festival, and preparing the chorus for a performance of Verdi's Requiem in July alongside the Brighton Festival Chorus and the Orchestra de Picardie, with soloists from the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists programme.
Sarah works as a musical director and vocal coach with the arts department at Brunel University, where she directs the Brunel University Chamber Choir. In August 2015, Sarah took up a week-long Fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Course at Yale University, on the Choral Conducting workshop lead by Simon Carrington.
Sarah was appointed as the Conducting Scholar with Genesis Sixteen from 2015-16, a young artists scheme run by The Sixteen designed to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. As Conducting Scholar with the scheme, Sarah conducted the group in a number of performances and broadcasts and received mentoring from Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.
Most recently, Sarah has been appointed music director of Paragon Singers - one of Bath's foremost chamber choirs, specialising in 16th, 17th and 20th century repertoire.
"I loved working with you- your musicianship; your firm kindness; your appreciation of us; the music you chose and the ways you pushed and encouraged us to be as good as we could be"
"I haven't been able to make BREMF rehearsals this year but I was in the audience on Saturday and thought the choir performed magnificently. It inspired me to rejoin immediately"
- B.R.E.M.F. Concert at the Brighton Dome
“I really enjoyed Saturday night- what you achieved was incredible. I'm in other choirs and I must say I have never enjoyed singing as much as I did on Saturday”
- Glass Ensemble Concert at St. Barnabas Church