Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Kentish Opera, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Leading experience includes: Future Music Records Orchestra, Marcel Sinfonia, Dartford Symphony Orchestra and National Association of Youth Orchestras Orchestra.
Concertos and Recitals include: Bruch, Corelli, Bach Double, Mendelssohn, R. Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending, all played at various venues including Fairfield Halls, St Martin In The Fields, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room and the Royal Festival Hall, and the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto 'Aranjuez and Fanatasia Para Un Gentilhombre' and Vivaldi Guitar Concerto.
Sarah is a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra. She began her musical career aged 7 playing and singing in folk clubs and went on to study guitar and violin as joint principal studies at the Royal Academy of Music, winning several prizes and awards on the way including the Julian Bream Prize, Queensland Conservatorium of Music Guitar Prize and semi-finalist in the Tarrega International Guitar Competition. She also studied bass guitar with the late great Jeff Cline, playing with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band. Sarah was the leader of the Lullingstone Quartet, Aditi Ensemble, Marcel Sinfonia and Future Music Records Orchestra and has been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist - guitar, electric violin, percussion and backing vocals - performing worldwide with artists including Alison Moyet and the legendary Lee Hazlewood.
Sarah has worked in a wide variety of musical genres, as both writer and performer, from classical music to jazz, rock and pop. For the past eighteen years she has been the director of the Lullingstone String Quartet and has also written and performed string parts for T.V., pop & rock studio recordings and live performances. Her guitar and mandolin work has taken her to all kinds of venues playing all kinds of styles, from folk clubs and rock venues throughout Europe and the U.S. to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Opera House, Opera North, English National Ballet, classical recitals and the West End. Recent shows on electric guitar include the UK tours of Jesus Christ Superstar and Blood Brothers as well as broadcasts for Radio 2 and Radio 3.
After 10 years as a lecturer in Popular Music and Performing Arts she combined her education work with performing, writing and conducting - Sarah has been Musical Director for over 40 productions including the ballet "Winter Dreams" for the Royal Opera House and conducts the Guildford Philharmonic, Dartford Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Thames Gateway and the Kingston University Chorus and Chamber Choir. Recent learning work includes devising and leading projects for the BBC Proms, Radio 3, BBC Concert Orchestra, Trinity Laban, South Bank Centre and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sarah is the Creative Director of the creative orchestra project "Animate East". As well as her conducting and presenting work she is spending an increasing amount of time writing and arranging - in 2010 Sarah had three compositions commissioned by the BBC and her recent arranging clients include the Royal Opera House, BBC and the current West End hit show "Thriller". She is the author of 5 guitar teaching books and wrote the score for BAFTA-winning scriptwriter Roy App's film, "Common Ground". Sarah is one half of the Ancora flute and guitar duo whose debut CD "Entrada" was released last year.
the Royal Academy of Music (1989 - 1992), and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (1990 - 1991) Sarah was was joint study Violin and Classical Guitar. During this time Sarah gained the qualifications of G.R.S.M.(Hons.) and L.R.A.M. Prior to this, Sarah was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music (1985 - 1989), and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (1986 - 1989).
Prizes and Awards
Ita Herbert, Carmel Kaine (violin), and Michael Lewin, Tim Walker, Julian Byzantine (guitar). Sarah has also participated in guitar masterclasses with Julian Bream, John Williams and Ricardo Iznaelo.
Sarah joined Morgensterns in February 2002
Sarah's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019
Sarah currently runs various Primary school music education projects in association with the Lullingstone Quartet and has so far worked for Bexley and Dartford Borough Councils.
"A faultless performance...a magical experience" Kentish Times (solo violin performance - Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherezade, Mick Jagger Centre.
"A most compelling performance. An adroit feeling for tone colour and dynamic variation which gave many beautiful moments" Julian Bream (solo guitar performance, Bream Prize).
"A gem!" Evening Standard (electric violin, guitar and backing vocals for Lee Hazelwood at the 2004 Meltdown, Royal Festival Hall).