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Sarah Dacey

Assistant Lecturer in Music Performance (Voice)


Sarah Dacey works as a freelance classical singer working in oratorio, opera, recitals, session recordings for TV/Film, a cappella ensembles, electro-acoustic music, early music ensembles, physical theatre and also arranges/composes vocal music.

Sarah studied Music at the University of York, completing an MA in Contemporary Studies and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating from the PGDiploma Vocal Studies course with Distinction. Awards included the Lady Lyons Millennium Scholarship, the Arthur Bliss Prize, the Richard Stapley Educational Trust, the John Ireland Competition (Highly Commended) and the Van Smit Prize.

Sarah made her international opera debut with Opéra de Baugé as 'Amor' in Gluck’s 'Orfeo ed Euridice' and made her Royal Opera House debut in Elspeth Brooke's 'Dot, Squiggle & Rest' in 2015. Future operatic performances include the premiere by Hannah Kendall’s ‘The Knife of Dawn' at the Roundhouse in October 2016.

An advocate of new music, Sarah has worked with many of today’s finest composers including Anna Meredith and Tansy Davies. She was the soprano soloist in the London premiere of Claude Vivier’s 'Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele' with the London Contemporary Orchestra and gave the Qatari premiere of Gavin Bryars’ 'The Adnan Songbook' with members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha. Her debut album, a CD of contemporary songs with pianist Belinda Jones, was recorded at Kent and is to be released on The Foundry label Autumn 2016. Sarah also composes and arranges vocal music and is published by UYMP.

Sarah is a member of ‘Juice’, a critically acclaimed female trio specialising in contemporary music. They have performed at the Purcell Rooms, the Wigmore Hall, the Roundhouse, St. John’s Smith Square, live on Radio 3 and Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour. Their debut album, ‘Songspin’, was awarded Best Contemporary Classical album in the IMA’s. Their second album, ‘Laid Bare: Love Songs’ was released June 2014 to critical acclaim and their third, ‘Sliding the Same Way’, a collaboration with singer-songwriter, David Thomas Broughton, was released September 2014. 

Sarah also performs regularly with a great variety of professional ensembles including the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, The Octandre Ensemble, The Riot Ensemble, SoundKarD, Galvanize Ensemble and Aether Vocal Ensemble.

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