Session Violinist

session violinist in bristol and bathSarah has nearly 20 years' experience as a session musician, both as a soloist and as part of small ensembles. You can see and watch some of her session work below.

She has recorded and performed with Public Service Broadcasting for their 'Every Valley' album, including a sell-out live show at the Royal Albert Hall; Gavin Thorpe charity single 'Soul to Save' for Talk Club UK; Gavin Thorpe 'Rewind album (Distillery Studios); Hi-Life Companion 'Our Years in the Wilderness' album, plus album tour including performances at International Pop Overthrow at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Sarah has also recorded and performed with other artists including internationally-acclaimed The Portraits, as well as Jess McAllister (Croft Sessions and Sidmouth Fringe Festival), Edwin Miles (Real World Studios), Tanya Walker, Rob Richings, and Kitten Velvet (Rockfield Studios). She has appeared on TV and film, including BBC film Percussion, ITV's Celebration, BBC series Crisis at the Castle and film short A Precious Life.

Alongside other members of her String Quartet she has recorded numerous remote sessions from her bespoke home studio for global clients, including the 'Rebirth' album of trailer music for Tonal Chaos Studios in Los Angeles; several tracks for Scars on 45; Emerald Sabbath; Bob Geal; Elliot Brown; Daniel Sitkin; and Reminiscent X.

Many clients and artistes come back again asking for further tracks which is always the best compliment, including this recent review:

"Thank you so much for this. It's beautiful an exactly what I was looking for. I'm so glad I did this. The 'human-ness' of the performance is exactly what I was going for, and something no sample library/midi performance could replicate. I'm going to build the rest of the piece around it."

Recent Work

Public Service Broadcasting

Sarah appears on the 2017 album Every Valley by the electro-pop group Public Service Broadcasting. The string section were used on a number of tracks on the album, and those recordings are also used as part of the pre-recorded lines used in live performance. Below is a short video the band released on the making of the album, which includes footage of the recording session in Ebbw Vale.

The HiLife Companion

Sarah has worked with Bristol-based HiLife Companion for a number of years. She performs multiple strings tracks on their critically-acclaimed album Our Years in the Wilderness, and has performed live with them at festivals and clubs including International Pop Overthrow at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, and the IndieTracks Festival in Derbyshire. There are some videos below.

Jess McAllister

Sarah has recorded and performed with Devon-based singer/songwriter Jess on a number of occasions, including recordings for the Croft Sessions, and performances at the Sidmouth Fringe Festival . Most recently, this included a live and spontaneous collaboration with Jess alongside Wildwood Kin and Tobias Ben Jacob.

Edwin Miles

With other members of the Ardeton Ensemble, Sarah performed a special session with singer Edwin Miles for Frost Factory recorded at Peter Gabriel's legendary Real World Studios in Box, near Bath.