Sarah is an active freelance orchestral player working with a wide variety of orchestras nationwide. She is currently Principal Bassoon of Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Britten Sinfonia, having joined the latter in 2002. Among others, she has played as guest principal for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Mozart Players, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As a student, she was Principal Bassoon of both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Sarah read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1993, she gained a scholarship to study at the Hochschule for Music and Theater in Hanover with Klaus Thunemann. She is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and also teaches bassoon at the Purcell School.
As both a soloist and chamber musician, Sarah has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls, the Bridgewater Hall and at the Pump Room in Cheltenham. She also appears regularly in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.