composer, performer and sound designer


composer | performer | sound designer

Curriculum Vitae



Composing for film, theatre and the live music stage. Sarah's work seamlessly blends live electronics and extemporisation with classically notated vocal and instrumental scores.


Performing own compositions live at festivals and venues.


Sound design for theatre, galleries, radio shows, podcasts and historic sites.


Finding beautiful and playful arrangements and reductions of everything from pop songs to orchestral scores.


Steering ensembles and performers of all musical abilities - includes teaching complex songs to actors.


Researching the history of sound culture through archives, instrumental reconstruction and more. Presenting research in radio documentaries, book chapters, magazines aricles and salon talks.

World renowned research into the ostensibly haunting psychological effects of infrasound.


Theremin - classical playing and bespoke augmented techniques

Recorders - including 20th and 21st century augmented techniques.

Keyboard - piano, clavisimbalum, portative organ.

Folk and renaissance woodwind - including tin whistle, crumhorn and rackett.

Musical saw - as recently featured in a Chaplin documentary soundscape

Violin (second study - used sparingly!)


Sound editing in Logic, Protools, Ableton live

Programming in Max MSP - advanced techniques, including development of bespoke externals and plugins

Score notation and engraving in Dorico and Sibelius

QLAb programming for theatre - including advanced techniques

Working with 21st century spectral techniques, using FFT analysis, evolutionary search algorithms and more

Acoustic calculations, predictions and analysis - e.g. estimating reverb characteristics and eigenvalues of room

Understanding wavefield synthesis systems and other emerging acoustic tech, from mathematical first principles

Robotics - including the design and build of robotic musical instruments.

Programming generative and evolutionary music machines; incorporating machine-learning algorithms

Programming, designing and building with Arduino, RPi and other physical computing platforms

Electronics, soldering and basic circuit design

Object-oriented programming in C, Javascript, Python and related codes

3D printing - with access to machines in a shared workshop



Amulet - film score for UK feature film, written and directed by Romola Garai. Premiered at Sundance 2020. Genre: horror.

The Fall of The House of Usher - live score for Watson and Webber's classic horror from 1928, at NFT1 of the BFI. For their season 'Gothic - The Dark Heart of Film'


Giant - composer and project instigator. World premiere opened Aldeburgh Festival June 2023. Librettist Ross Sutherland (dir. Sarah Fahie).

Alcina (Handel) - sound designer, making an elaborate bespoke effect for the climax of the show. Royal Opera House (dir. Richard Jones)


The Hairy Ape (dir. Richard Jones) - at The Old Vic, London, and Park Avenue Armory, New York

The Twilight Zone (dir. Richard Jones) - at Almeida, and West End, London

Once in a Lifetime (dir. Richard Jones) - at The Young Vic

Tech R&D for new theatre show exploring women's voices, trustworthiness and AI. Included exploring Markov chains and voice cloning to create AI testimony. For The Royal Shakespeare Company Digital R&D. Director and research lead Kirsty Housley.

The Effect (dir. Rupert Goold) - at The National Theatre

Horlicks and Armageddon - Brighton International Festival and Fringe award winner. Writer and performer (dir. Emma Kilbey)


The Bird Fancyer's Delight - on the strange 18th century practice of teaching songbirds to 'record' human tunes. Researcher and presenter. Produced by Neil McCarthy, BBC Radio 4.

Echo in a Bottle - on our enduring and sometimes deathly cultural fascination with the echo, BBC Radio 4. Researcher and presenter. Produced by Peregrine Andrews for Farshoreline.

Knock Knock - the History of Sound Effects. For Archive Hour on BBC Radio 4. Presenter and co-researcher. Producers Michael Umney and Ed Baxter, Resonance FM.

Hildegard of Bingen - a podcast for Camden Arts Centre created early in Covid lockdown. Produced by Alannah Chance.


A short biography of inventor and BBC Radiophonic Co-Founder Daphne Oram, as the forward a reprint of Oram's treatise 'An Individual Note'.

Comparing musicians' early atittudes to film sound, drum machines and samplers. A chapter for Material Culture and Electronic Sound, for the Science Museum and Smithsonian Scholarly Press.

An essay on ventriloquism, performance and the recording age for The Wire Magazine.

Reflections on The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the famous Doomsday Clock, for The Wire Magazine.

A short biography of Muriel Howorth, founder of the amateur UK Atomic Gardening Society. For The Odditorium (ed. Bramwell and Keeling, Hodder and Stoughton).

Wall text for The Making the Modern World exhibition at The Science Museum.


Ivor Novello Award 2021
Category: Visionary Award

PRS for Music Foundation Composer's Award
for creation of Buying the Wind 2019

Composer's Award
from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation 2018

Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship for development of Giant, 2016


Festivals and venues

Aldeburgh Festival

Almeida Theatre, London

Ambassadors Theatre, London

Arnolfini, Bristol

Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia

BBC Halls Swansea

BFI Southbank, London

Bom-Bane’s, Brighton

Bring to Light, Birmingham

The British Library, London

Cafe Oto, London

Cambridge Junction

Camden Arts Centre, London

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Compton Verney

The Cube, Bristol

Duke of Yorks Picturehouse, Brighton

Elektriteater, Tartu

Fort Process, Newhaven

Glad Cafe, Glasgow

Golden Lion, Todmorden

Handel House Museum, London

HMS Alliance (submarine museum), Gosport

Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Colebrookdale

Kings Place, London

Latitude Festival, Beccles

LSO St Luke’s, London

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

The National Theatre, London

National Sawdust, Brooklyn

Minerva Works, Birmingham

Museum of London

The Old Vic, London

Off the Page (The Wire and Nymusik)

Park Avenue Armory, New York

Purcell Room, London

Radiophrenia, Glasgow

Raven Row, London

Royal Festival Hall, London

The Royal Institution, London

Royal Opera House

Science Museum, London

Site Gallery, Sheffield

Snape Maltings

Somerset House

Sonic Imperfections, London

Spike Island, Bristol

Spirit of Gravity, Brighton

Star and Shadow, Newcastle

Supersonic Festival, Birmingham

Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park

Union Chapel, London

Unsound, Kraków

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

The Young Vic, London

Sarah Angliss Ealing Feeder - robotic carillon