Biography

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Sarah Hobbs began singing in Suffolk at a very young age. She sang solos and chorally including in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as well as in many local and national choirs including Beccles Choral Society, Britten Pears Chamber Choir and Suffolk Youth Choir. She studied singing with Mary Nicholson RAM former Soprano at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Whilst studying singing with Mary she passed an ABRSM Grade 8 singing examination and a DipABRSM both with distinction.

At the age of 16 she undertook her first operatic role in the prestigious Aldeburgh Festival as ‘Erster Knabe’ in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Snape Maltings. She then went on to complete a BMus Vocal and Operatic Studies and Advanced Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire studying principally with Prof Margaret Field. She performed both chorally and as a soloist in venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham Cathedral, The Crescent Theatre and Adrian Boult Hall. She has also appeared in many performances in Operas, Oratorios and concert recitals. Her operatic roles include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Plaint (The Fairy Queen) and Jane Dee (Dee, Robin Grant). Oratorio performances have included soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach Cantata BWV 140 and Magnificat interpolation. She has given performances of contemporary music including the UK premier of n sunnari by Italian composer Corghi at Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham. She was also the recipient of The Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize for her exceptional interpretation of Handel and Haydn songs. She also had Masterclasses and solo performance coaching with artists including Richard Jackson, Christoph Ritter, Henry Herford, Stephen Barlow, Jane Robinson, Robin Bowman, Susan McCulloch and Christine Cairns.

Sarah’s active interest in the voice and singing technique later lead her to pursue a BSc(Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy at University of East Anglia, in which she qualified first class. She is currently furthering her studies in Speech and Language Therapy with Birmingham City University with a special interest in Voice. She combines this with a regular performance schedule and busy teaching practice based in Oxfordshire. Recent highlights have included performing in recitals in a festival at Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire and several concerts at various concert venues in Oxfordshire and across the UK. She also has professional engagements working on cruise ships in a classical duo with Oxford based pianist Magdalena Nasidlak.