Premiere of Ivy, Chief of Trees It Is – 12th December, Granta Chorale

Ivy, Chief of Trees It Is was written for Granta Chorale’s 2019/20 Christmas concerts to fit with this year’s theme, A Christmas Garland. The first performance was in the chapel of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge on 12th December, alongside lots more music about Christmas greenery. The programme included seasonal favourites by Rutter, Britten, Warlock and Henry VIII (!) (Green Grow’th the Holly) and newer works by Janet Wheeler (including The Christmas Life and God Bless You Brother) and Andrew Bruce (There is No Rose). The concert will be repeated on 3rd January in Newport, and the collections from both concerts will go to Jimmy’s, a charity supporting the homeless in Cambridge.

Collage by Sarah for Granta Chorale’s Christmas poster

Dream Fever broadcast on BBC Radio 3 The Early Music Show

The two winning pieces of the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composer Award 2019 were broadcast on Radio 3 on 24th November on The Early Music Show. Sarah’s Dream Fever and Derri Joseph Lewis’s Walls of Brass were performed by virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne alongside 17th- and 18th-century music by Marin Marais and Carl Friedrich Abel.

Sarah being interviewed by presenter Hannah French. Photo credit: Paul Blakemore


Premiere of Ballade of True Wisdom, a commission for a celebration on the Isle of Arran

Sarah’s setting of Andrew Lang’s poem Ballade of True WisdomΒ was premiered in Lamlash, on Arran, on 26th August in a celebration of a Pearl Wedding anniversary and a 21st birthday. It was commissioned specially to be sung at the event by a scratch choir. The poem argues that all one really needs to be happy is ‘a house full of books, and a garden of flowers’.


Dream Fever joint winner of NCEM Young Composers Award 2019

Sarah’s piece Dream Fever for bass viol and electronics was named joint winner of the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composers Award 2019, alongside Derri Joseph Lewis’s piece Walls Of Brass. The two pieces will both be performed again by virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne on October 12th at Glitch in Bristol. The performance will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 3’s Early Music Show.

Dream Fever shortlisted for NCEM Young Composers Award 2019

The challenge for this year’s National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award was to write a fantasy for bass viol and electronics to be played by virtuoso viol player Liam Byrne. Sarah’s piece Dream FeverΒ has been shortlisted and will be workshopped and performed on 8th and 9th May in York. The music aims to portray the feeling of drifting into and suddenly waking out of a feverish hallucinatory dream. Sarah is very excited to be returning to the award after herΒ The Basilica Remembers A Maestro was shortlisted last year.