“the crystal clear tones of the Soprano soloist Sarah Dacey floated above the rich instrumental textures with a fluent lyricism”
- Derby Telegraph

Biography
Sarah is a singer, composer, arranger and teacher based in London. She studied Music at the University of York, completing an MA in Contemporary Studies  and then with Alison Pearce at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating from the PGDiploma Vocal Studies course with Distinction. Awards include the Lady Lyons Millennium Scholarship, the Arthur Bliss Prize, the Richard Stapley Educational Trust, 2nd place in the John Ireland Competition and the Van Smit Prize.
 
She made her international opera debut with Opéra de Baugé as 'Amor' in 'Orfeo ed Euridice' and since then has performed at the Royal Opera House (Elspeth Brooke's 'Dot, Squiggle & Rest'), the Tête à Tête Opera Festival (Richard Barnard's 'Hidden Valley'), the roles of 'Irene', 'Nurse' and 'Mary' in 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' at the Lost Theatre and premieres a new opera by Hannah Kendall ('The Knife of Dawn') at the Roundhouse in October 2016.
 
Concert performances include Nielsen's 'Symphony No.3' with Henley Symphony Orchestra, Will Todd's 'Mass in Blue' with Hertford Choral Society and Bath Spa University Choir, Mozart's 'Coronation Mass' with Derby Choral Union, Haydn's 'Creation' with Benson Choral Society, 'Carmina Burana' with St. Helen's Choral Society and Poulenc's 'Gloria' with Thames Philharmonic Choir.

An advocate of new music, Sarah has worked with many of today’s finest composers including Anna Meredith, Errollyn Wallen, Rob Fokkens and Tansy Davies. She has sung in countless UK premieres including those of Stockhausen’s 'Litanie' and Xenakis’ 'Idmen'. 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.
'colourful, challenging and witty. It brought the house down. There’s a talent there for the irreverent'
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She performs regularly with a great varity of professional ensembles including the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices , The Octandre Ensemble , The Riot Ensemble , Galvanize Ensemble , early music group Ursula's Arrow , multimedia group SoundKarD and is a founding member of two exciting and very different vocal groups - Juice Vocal Ensemble and Aether Vocal Ensemble. She is also a keen collaborator, performing with Viola da Gamba player Liam Byrne, Harpist Fontane Liang, Cellist Zosia Jagodzinska and Berlin-based String Quartet, Oriel Quartet.

Sarah is in great demand as a session singer, providing backing vocals for Aphex Twin and Anna Calvi and for the Heritage Orchestra's 'Joy Division Reworked' project. She also fixes singers for TV and Film recordings. Known as 'Reel Vocals', they've recorded adverts for Ikea, Morrisons and McVities, trailors for 'The Hobbit' and 'Enchanted Kingdom' and the backing vocals for Susan Boyle's 'Miracle Hymn'.
 
Sarah is a keen composer and arranger and has been broadcast on Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music. Her music has been performed in the Wigmore Hall, the Tate Modern, the Three Choirs Festival and the Tête à Tête Opera Festival. Some of her arrangements and works for Juice Vocal Ensemble have recently been published by UYMP in a compilation entitled the 'Songspin Songbook', a sheet music version of Juice's debut album with the Nonclassical label.

Sarah is also an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent and a singing teacher at Junior Trinity Laban.

Press Reviews

"beautiful legato...pure magic" - Hertfordshire Mercury

"a fine soprano" - Dot, Squiggle & Rest, British Theatre Guide

"gorgeous, soaring voice" - ***** Jerry Springer:The Opera, London Theatre 1

"a strong, perky soprano...colourful, challenging and witty. It brought the house down. There’s a talent there for the irreverent.” - Classical Source

"Sarah Dacey’s own setting of a cautionary ballad known as the Cruel Mother was vividly doom-laden in mood and musically ingenious" - The Daily Telegraph

"Sarah Dacey’s Cruel Mother sent a chill up the spine" - The Times

"The irrepressible Juice Vocal Ensemble – an all-female trio of astonishing variety, spark and brilliance – is proof that the sap is still rising in classical music." - The Guardian




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