a round up of notable activity
Sarah has been commissioned by UK ensemble, Piano40 to write a new work for 8 hands 2 pianos. Labyrinths will be premiered at their Purcell Room recital on Monday 21st May 2018. FIND OUT MORE
Skylark for pedal and non-pedal harp, composed in 2012 was published by Stainer & Bell in the Spring of 2016.
Bega’s Ballad (doublebass), Spanish Sonata (clarinet) Surfing (alto saxophone) Interactive (alto saxophone) are all on current Associate Board or Trinity Guildhall examination syllabuses.
Contemporary ensemble, Sounds Positive, performed Ramayana at The Warehouse, London on 29 May 2011.
In 2010, Sarah made a programme for German television about her Purcell heritage.
Sarah has contributed a setting of See Amid the Winter’s Snow to the OUP’s new edition of Flexible Carols, published in 2009.
Sarah’s setting of Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach, for Chorus (SSATB), String Quartet and Harp received its first performance at St Augustine’s Highbury on Saturday March 15th 2008 and was performed a second time as part of the Choir’s summer season on 4th July 2009.
A cabaret song for soprano Alison Pearce, Sweet and Lonely Boys was premiered during the Stars in the North Festival in Grimsby in October 2007 and receives its London premiere in a recital given by Alison Pearce at the Bridewell Theatre on 5th April.
The song cycle for soprano, string quartet and piano, in your shadow, was premiered at the Stars in the North Festival in Grimsby in September 2006 by Alison Pearce with the Alberni String Quartet and pianist David Murray.
Moon Palace Song, written for Cantamus (Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year) was performed at the Choral Olympics in China in 2006 where the choir took two gold medals and then on two further occasions during their subsequent tour, including at the Summer Place in Beijing.
In 2005, Sarah completed two commissions – beat lines for clarinet, cello and piano, a commission for the Music Past and Present, London series which was performed in March 2005, and Four Songs of Wang Wei setting 6th century Chinese texts for Soprano, Alison Pearce with erhu and piano, performed at St Paul’s, Covent Garden in November.
Incidents in the Life of Joseph Grimaldi, a new work for the ensemble, Sounds Positive was performed at The Warehouse, London in May 2004.
Other new compositions in 2003 includeded Alpine Sinfonia for concert organ and Time Pieces for clarinet choir.
The Fire will Blaze Again for tenor and piano trio commissioned by Operest (Opera East London) received its premiere at St John’s Smith Square, London on 28th November 2003.
The King of the Golden River, which was commissioned as part of the Ruskin 2000 celebrations and released on CD on the SOMM label in January 2001 received four performances by the Coull Quartet and Richard Edgar-Wilson, tenor.
A second new work for the year 2000 was commissioned by the North London Council of Churches. Windhover Te Deum and received its first performance on April 9th 2000, performed by the North London Chorus and the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Alan Hazeldine with soloist, Sarah Leonard.