Biography

Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Sarah Tenant-FlowersIn addition to music degrees from Oxford and Durham Universities Sarah studied conducting with Sir Charles Groves, Peter Erdei from the Liszt Academy, Laszlo Heltay and Alan Hazeldine, and movement studies with Pascale Lecoq and Krikor Belekien (Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement). The numerous choirs, both British and overseas, with which she has worked include the BBC Symphony Chorus, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Kantorei der Friedenskirche of Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Nottingham University Choir, Guildford Philharmonic Choir and Harlow Chorus, one of the UK’s most innovative amateur choirs.

Sarah is currently artistic director of professional ensembles Singscape, which specialises in multimedia collaborations, and female voice group Papagena launched earlier this year at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Associate Music Director of the Brandenburg Sinfonia, co-director of Encoro and musical director of NC3 chamber choir, lecturer in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and on the council of the Association of British Choral Directors. Sarah maintains a particular interest in Russian Orthodox, multimedia and contemporary choral music, has commissioned widely and conducted many UK and world premieres. She is a regular judge for the annual BASCA composer awards. Orchestras and period ensembles with which she has worked include the Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, City of London Chamber Players, His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts, Ensemble Bash, Fiori Musicali and the Alberni and Brandenburg Symphony Orchestras.

Sarah is a popular workshop leader with Britain’s choirs and leading choral organisations including the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD), an organisation which she co-founded, Sing for Pleasure (SfP) and Making Music. As a choral animateur she has created award-winning multimedia projects for both commercial sponsors including Sainsbury’s and Whitbread, and performing companies. She teaches choral conducting, both privately and for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as for ABCD and SfP, and works as an adjudicator for choral festivals including the Leith Hill Music Festival, Dubai’s ChoirFest and Dublin’s Feis Ceoil. Former arts management posts include administrator of the Menuhin International Violin and BBC Choir of the Year Competitions, Artistic Director of Music at Oxford, and General Manager of The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers, with whom she has worked worldwide.

In 2008 Sarah made her debut with Ireland’s National Chamber Choir in a broadcast performance of Pärt’s Passio with the Hilliard Ensemble for RTÉ’s Living Music Festival. In the same year she also featured as conducting mentor to actor and comedian Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s popular TV series ‘Maestro’ .  Sarah has broadcast several times on BBC Radios 3 and 4 and records regularly with Singscape, Encoro and the Victoria Singers for Classical Communications.

Forthcoming projects include performances with the Hilliard Ensemble, the recording of works by Bernard Rose, Howells and Vaughan Williams, performances of 16th and 17th female voice repertoire with Papagena, and a collaboration with composer Errollyn Wallen and comedy duo Mosby & Gomm.