Contemporary Music Work

Sara started performing contemporary music in James Wood’s New London Chamber Choir.  They then performed together as a voice and percussion duo at festivals throughout Europe including Spitalfields, Radio France, Xenakis Festival Greece and Darmstadt.

She studied music-theatre repertoire with Mauricio Kagel in Darmstadt and Scelsi’s vocal music with Michiko Hirayama in Rome.   She has performed in Italy with Luciano Berio and Concentus Musicus Florence, at CERM’s music research centre in Sardegna and with the Logos Ensemble, Latina throughout Italy.

She has co-commissioned and given first performances of music by British composers including Howard Skempton, Graham Fitkin, Ivan Moody and Christopher Fox  (Penninsular Arts, Plymouth, Barbican Centre, Bradford Festival).  Next March at the Borough Festival, London she is collaborating with Chris Brannick on a programme of new works for voice and percussion; in April she appears with Sirinu in `The Man Hurdy-gurdy and Me’ at the Hay-on-Wye festival and in May with Matthew Spring on a new composition project by Andrew Hugill.

In 2011 she was Artist in Residence for the Cyprus Ministry of Culture where she gave workshops on extended vocal technique to sixth-form students.  In Britain she works with students on modern vocal music at Bath Spa University and at secondary schools and sixth-form colleges.  Repertoire has included Berio, Cage, Schoenberg and Berberian.

Her recording `The Man Hurdy-gurdy and Me’, modern music for early and unusual instruments with the group Sirinu, comes out next year on the Métier/Naxos label.