Vocal Solos Adjudicator
Sarah Jefferies is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Patricia Clark and Josephine Veasey.
Whilst at the Academy Sarah won many prizes, ranging from Lieder to Opera and English Song, whilst also being the recipient of the Ann E Lloyd Scholarship to fund her post graduate studies. She was an active member of the Opera chorus, singing several leading roles.
After leaving the RAM, Sarah studied in Amsterdam with Margret Honig and Elly Ameling and began a long period working at the Opera D'Lyon, whilst undertaking recitals with the pianist Paul Turner, as well as oratorios and concerts all over Europe. Highlights of a busy career have been Cantaloupe's 'Song of the Auvergne' at the Edinburgh Festival, and performances of Schoenberg's 'Moses and Aaron,' Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly' and Orf's 'Carmina Burana' with the LPO, under the baton of Kent Nagano. Sarah enjoys teaching immensely.
She is fascinated in the complex working of the vocal mechanism, and has been an adjudicator for the British Federation of Music Festivals for the past five years now, where she finds herself in great demand to judge singing competitions all over the country. She is a visiting singing teacher to Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she teachers all standards of student from Grade 1 to Diploma, firmly believing that everyone should be helped to find their voice. Sarah also enjoys both working with and conducting choirs, as well as giving many well received master classes.