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EARLY AND NEW MUSIC CONCERTS PROGRAMMES – latest programmes with her regular groups
sirinu 3 images optTHE MAN HURDY-GURDY AND ME – British new music commissions for voice and early instruments:  ‘The Man Hurdy-Gurdy and Me’ by HOWARD SKEMPTON  (voice, harp and hurdy-gurdy), GRAHAM FITKIN ‘Far’  and CHRIS FOX’s look at the bombing of Berlin in ‘Rubble music’ for voice and hurdy-gurdy.
Other contemporary repertoire ‘Overture to Orpheus’ by Dutch minimalist LOUIS ANDRIESSEN, EARLE BROWN’s ‘9 Rarebits’, JOHN CAGE/ERIK SATIE ‘Sonnekus’,  GYORGY LIGETI’S virtuoso harpsichord piece ‘Continuum’, STEVE REICH’s ‘Electric Counterpoint’ for guitar and  GIACINTO SCELSI’s CKCKC for voice and mandoline.




Brought up in Harlow Sara studied  piano privately with Virginia Black and left Essex on a scholarship to study at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC.   As a student there she won the coveted INTER-COLLEGE RAYMOND RUSSELL HARPSICHORD PRIZE and the RCM continuo prize.
Along side her love of early music, Sara developed an interest in contemporary  music at the RCM.  She joined the New London Chamber Choir and started singing new music with composer/conductor/percussionist JamesWood.  
Sara then moved to Italy where she was awarded a British Council Training Bursary to study singing in Milan.  She worked with many Italian composers throughout Italy, including Luciano Berio, Franco Oppo and Franco Donatoni.   Sara completed her vocal studies with Peter Harrison in London and Porto.
Well known for her work with lutenist/hurdy gurdy player Matthew Spring and with Sirinu with whom she regularly performs, Sara has performed at major British Music Festivals: Bath, Spitalfields,  Almeida,  Norfolk and Norwich, York, Beverley, Bruges, Utrecht, Bornholm, Bradford,  Bradford, Cheltenham, Truro, Glasgow, Stratford, Wycombe, South Bank Centre – Meltdown, ICA – MuICA, Sonorities – Belfast, Oxford, Sheffield, Huddersfield, The Place – London and Gregynog.
Herperformances of new music have taken her to  contemporary music festivals  in Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, Greece, Bonn, Vienna, Paris, Milan, Rome, Turin, Como, Palestrina, Nicosia, Sassari, Latina, Florence, Naples, Cagliari and Pantelleria.
Sara has made tours to South America, North Africa, Japan,  Europe, the Crimea and Russia.   She has toured for Early Music Network in Britain and Holland with Sirinu, the Broadside Band and Chalemie.  She has most recently sung on a MAKING MUSIC tour with early music quartet Galliarda.
Her other  collaborations include work with the Academy of Ancient Music, New London Consort,  Sinfonye, Taverner Consort, the Dufay Collective,  Rose Consort,   CERM, Cagliari New Music, Musicus Concentus, Logos Ensemble and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Theatre work:   Royal Shakespeare Company (‘King John’),  Oxford Stage Company (‘The Tempest’) and the Covent Garden Venture.

Early Music

Current programmes
Lute and voice recital programmes
FLOWER OF THE THE RENAISSANCE  Golden Age lute songs and pieces from England, France, Spain and Italy. Frottole, chansons, fantasias, songs and other instrumental pieces  by Cabezon, Luis da Milan, Alonso Mudarra, Thomas Morley and John Dowland.
TUNES FOR TROUBLED TIMES – Music from the Civil War. Harpsichord pieces from the Anne Cromwell Virginal Book, instrumental music and masque songs by Lawes, topical broadside ballads, lute solos by Jacques Gaultier.
FROM BAWDS TO BARDS – The earliest versions of Shakespeare songs by Robert Johnson; tunes mentioned in the plays – sung and accompanied on the lute.  Instrumental pieces played on lute and harpsichord;  broadside ballads and instrumental dances from Playford.
Ensemble Sirinu programmes 
PIAE CANTIONES – A Scandinavian Christmas programme. Songs and instrumental pieces from the Scandinavian song book of 1582. Sirinu perform traditional English carols alongside their Scandinavian originals – music for voices, violin, hurdy-gurdy, bells, recorder, lute, keyboard
HANDEL  AND THE MUSIC OF GIN LANE – Sirinu takes as its inspiration the benevolent work of Handel and Hogarth in this programme of contrasting music from 18th century London at the time of the Gin Act.  Sonatas and songs by Arne, Galliard and Handel for soprano, violin, hurdy-gurdy and harpsichord are contrasted with rough music for the charivari band of street instruments.
THE KNIGHT’S TALE – Troubadours songs, motets, minnesinger songs and instrumental estampies played on harp, hurdy-gurdy, medieval fiddle, keyboard, citole, percussion and voice from the time of Magna Carta.  The thread through our concert is the Knight William Marshal during whose long life five monarchs reigned, including Eleanor of Aquitaine and King John.