Sarah is passionate about popular music, and has been working as an orchestrator in the folk, electronic and alternative music spheres since graduating from University.
She is founder and artistic director of The Coveryard, a new music night based in London which features emerging artists playing with a 22- piece professional chamber orchestra and choir, in unique and unusual venues across the capital. The night aims to bring orchestral musicians into popular idioms in meaningful ways, while acting as a platform both for original and diverse upcoming artists, and for young professional musicians. Each event is curated carefully to present three truly diverse acts, and aims not to be restricted by genre in any way. Sarah works with each artist to orchestrate their music for the bigger ensemble, before two rehearsals with the full orchestra.
Each event of five so far has sold out bigger venues, with an audience of 500 at the most recent night. Time Out described The Coveryard as 'Mesmerising', and GreatLittlePlace.com said 'one of London's most beautiful and unique new music nights'.
In December 2014, The Coveryard collaborated with the pioneering theatre company Erratica, to produce a Christmas event featuring a performance of David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion alongside 'Karolaoke', a singalong session featuring carols and Christmas songs performed in alternative arrangements with a chamber ensemble and rhythm section.
In March 2015, The Coveryard were commissioned by the attRAct programme at the Royal Academy of Arts to curate two performances at the 'Rubens: Decrypted' Late event, inspired by Peter Paul Rubens' life and work as a cultural diplomat.
As a freelance orchestrator, Sarah has worked for promoters and venues including Soundcrash, XOYO and the Union Chapel. Sarah's orchestration work ranges from choral arrangements to symphonic orchestrations, and she welcomes commissions and collaborations of any genre, style and scope.
Live performance of Tarq Bowen's 'Rise with the Sun', performed professionally with Sarah's orchestration for chamber orchestra.
Live performance of Alice Boman's 'Waiting', performed professionally with Sarah's orchestration for chamber orchestra and vocal consort