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Pop Singer

Sarah started her career as lead singer/frontwoman in Fatal Charm, an 80s pop band. At the tender age of 20, having signed major deals with Double Dee Records, Albion music publishing and Asgard agency, she found herself touring the country with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Ultravox. She performed in major venues the length and breadth of Britain whilst promoting her first single with the band – produced by Midge Ure. Video shoots, radio interviews and live sessions followed.


Throughout the 80s and 90s, the band went from strength to strength, appearing on the first ever ‘Tube’ – the revolutionary Channel 4 music show hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates – and returning for a new band special alongside Kajagoogoo. The single ‘Summer Spies’ was aired frequently on Radio One and after a third appearance on the Tube, made an exciting although brief appearance in the UK charts. Fatal Charm became quite at home at BBC Radio One, recording a total of 10 sessions for the likes of Janice Long, Annie Nightingale, Bob Harris, and Mark Radcliffe.


During the 90s, the band ventured into a new ambient/dance/pop field, and became ‘State of Grace’. The first single, ‘Miss You’ was voted ‘Single of the Week’ in NME and Melody Maker and was followed by an album Jamboreebop, which led to another major record deal with RCA (New York). A remix of one of the tracks – ‘Hello’ – became a dance floor anthem and made the top ten dance chart in the U.S. One of the finest moments in Sarah’s career was the night she premiered ‘Hello’ and appeared on stage at the biggest gay club in the city to an audience of 1000 men, surrounded by semi-nude male dancers and 7 foot drag queens. 


Sadly, the album sank without trace in the U.S, and the management and record deal with RCA went with it.

Back to School

By this time, Sarah had already been training her voice classically for several years and had many amateur concerts and shows to her name. Deciding to take a break from the dirty world of pop, she enrolled at her local college and took music ‘A’ level achieving an A grade. She also gained distinctions at ABRSM Grade 8 and Advanced Certificate in voice (now called the DipABRSM), and went on to study and receive a Diploma in the Teaching of Singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Her classical training continued and after gaining a place to read music at the University of Nottingham, she began her vocal studies with Pamela Cook MBE . Sarah gained a scholarship prize for 2 consecutive years whilst at Nottingham, sang with the University Philharmonia, the University Baroque Orchestra along with several ensembles, gave recitals and informal jazz concerts.


Shortly before her final exams, Sarah auditioned for the internationally renowned a cappella group, The Swingle Singers, and was fortunate enough to be offered the job of 1st alto. Her university career came to a rather swift halt and her life was turned upside-down! She did eventually finish her degree long-distance over the next few months, working on a dissertation in various hotel rooms across the globe whilst her fellow Swingles were off enjoying themselves!


Sarah has now returned to the Music Department as a singing teacher, and continues to develop her teaching skills at conferences and workshops in London.


The Swingle Singers

Perhaps the most significant event in her life to date, she little realised the impact that being a part of such an institution would have. The group have a repertoire of hundreds of pieces of complex music that require an enormous feat of learning, memorising and virtuosic singing. This to be done whilst travelling the world – the proverbial airport, bus, hotel, bus, venue, bus, hotel, bus, airport, etc etc in a seemingly never-ending whirl of ecstatically received concerts.


A few of the  highlights include performing with world class conductors, appearing several times in concert and in opera at La Scala, Milan, meeting and working with composers such as the late Luciano Berio, and Michael Nyman. Also, discovering the delights of performing, not only in cities like Paris, Rome and Tokyo, but in smaller venues tucked away in gorgeous parts of the world that one would never experience as a tourist. Outdoor concerts on balmy nights in Italian villas and French chateaux, hot volcanic springs in Japan - well, it was a tough job but the rewards were many.  


After 3 and a half years of globetrotting, Sarah decided to leave the group and concentrate once more on her personal ambitions of becoming a better singer and expanding her already varied repertoire.


Freelance Singer

Being an ex-Swingle Singer opened some doors for Sarah and she has been fortunate enough to enjoy some exciting freelance work.


As part of the excellent Synergy Vocals renowned throughout the world for their vocal expertise, Sarah performed in Los Angeles at the Walt Disney concert hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She also toured France with the group performing Steve Reich's fiendishly difficult 'Desert Music'.


She sang backing vocals for Jarvis Cocker (see photo) at London's Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall and a few years' later, backed up Anna Calvi at the same festival when it was curated by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame.


Choral film sessions include Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, The Half Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows; Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith, Troy, Shrek 2, Kung fu Panda etc.. Sarah has also appeared at the Royal Albert Hall singing live on stage with London Voices to the 'Lord of the Rings' movies with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Also backing vocals for Hayley Westenra, Bjork and various commercials.


In recent years, Sarah's freelance work has been mainly in the Nottingham area. She appears regularly as a classical Recitalist , an  Oratorio soloist, performs with bespoke backing tracks at weddings and private functions, and enjoys singing with The Shipstone Street Jazz Orchestra. She works regularly with local lad Paul K Joyce (Ivor Novello Award Winner, composer of Bob the Builder theme tune) in London and Cornwall. This year she has also been involved in Voice-over work and hopes to develop this in the future.

CURRICULUM VITAE

QUALIFICATIONS

BA in music (University of Nottingham 1999)

LGSM – Licentiate in the teaching of singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Music A level – grade A
ABRSM grade 8 voice (distinction), Advanced Certificate (DipABRSM)
ABRSM grade 8 piano (distinction)

TEACHING

Teacher for University of Nottingham
Private teaching practice
Stagecoach Theatre Arts – Singing teacher
Clarendon College/New College Nottingham - Singing teacher
Adult Education group leader (singing)

FURTHER EDUCATION COURSES ATTENDED:

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM):
The Virtuoso Teacher with Paul Harris. London

British Voice Association (BVA):
Irritant Issues: Reflux, allergy and the Voice. London
Mind Body Voice. London
The Ageing Voice. Manchester
Singing and the Brain. London
Interactive Rock and Pop Day. London

The Voice Explained (TVE):
Belting. Royal Academy of Music, London
Breathing, support and Estill, RAM, London

Hereford Summer School
Dartington Summer School



PERFORMING

SINGING
Lead singer in pop/rock groups ‘Fatal Charm’ and ‘State of Grace’ (5 albums, 5 record deals, radio, tv, tours)

Swingle Singers (1st alto)

Session work, Metro voices, Hobsons (movie soundtracks, backing vocals, concerts, commercials)

Jazz quartet

Big band singer

Corporate/function work – solo, ensemble, opera, musical theatre, jazz, pop
Recital/orchestral classical repertoire

ACTING/SINGING STAGE PRODUCTIONS - SHOW & RÔLE 

Marat/Sade - Polpoch (actor/singer/dancer)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Singing/dancing fairy (fairy dance captain!)

A cow, a moon, a full stop -  Improvised role (contemporary installation dir. Martin Duncan) Nottingham Festival

Anything Goes - Hope Harcourt Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Into the Woods - Rapunzel Operating Theatre company
The Turn of the Screw - Miss Jessell Operating Theatre company

Carmen - Mercedes Clarendon College

Christie in Love - Christie The Loft, Nottingham

Yerma - Yerma Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham

Whodunnit - Lavinia Hargreaves Co-operative Arts Theatre


ACTING & MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS & COURSES 

Acting – general evening class courses
Stage fighting 
Acting to camera 
Clowning
Mask workshop
Stanislavky method
Speaking Shakespeare’s verse
Aerobic/step classes and yoga 2/3 x weekly
Salsa/jazz/tap/ballet/street dance/tango experience


ADDRESS:
79 Russell Road
Forest Fields 
NOTTINGHAM
NG7 6HA

CONTACTS:
Email: info@simply-singing.com
Phone: +44 (0)7790 454622

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