TUTORS: Sarah Stuart

Originally from Hampshire, Sarah studied percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree as well as receiving the RNCM Gold Medal – the college’s top prize for solo performance.

She maintains a busy freelance career, playing regularly with a number of the UK’s leading orchestras, with recent performances including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Opera North. She has played in many major concert halls in the UK and internationally, in Hyde Park for the Pope’s visit to London in 2010, and has also recorded for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Sky TV.

Sarah is committed to inspiring the next generation of young musicians through a wide variety of educational work. Her current regular students range from aged six to adult. Aside from a regular teaching post at Uppingham School, and coaching the percussion section of the Young National Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, over the past twelve years she has also been involved in numerous short-term projects and workshops. Many of these have been with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education and Community Department, through which she has had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the finest animateurs and educators. Projects have encompassed early years through to secondary school, working with whole classes and smaller groups, pupil referral units, and always a wide range of musical experience.

Alongside her work as a percussionist, Sarah has been a keen folk fiddler since the age of six. She has led large-scale collaborative projects for youth organisation Shooting Roots, which have included putting together large-scale shows involving actors, dancers and musicians from scratch over a week or less! She also performs on fiddle with Taffy Thomas, the first Storytelling Laureate for Great Britain.

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Sarah Stuart