The London Songbook

Sarah is curating the first edition of The London Songbook. Comprising twelve new songs by twelve composers, dedicated to this great and complex city and inspired by the Great American Songbook, this collaboration will culminate in Sarah singing The London Songbook in a series of concerts, as well as a recording and a printed edition of the songs.

If you are interested in supporting this project (including sponsoring a song), we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch here.

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Published on October 1st, 2017

Galos Trio & Sarah Gabriel | Testament of Youth

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Following their first project together (Ethel Smyth: An Extraordinary Life), Sarah joins Galos Trio again for Felicity Broome-Skelton’s latest piece. Based on Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir, Testament of Youth. this live programme includes music by Maurice Ravel, Ivor Gurney, Frank Bridge and others, and the letters and writings of Vera Brittain herself.

Published on September 30th, 2017

Dartington Festival | Songs of the Jazz Age

In August at Dartington Festival, UK, Sarah explored her love of popular song from the 1920s onwards with pianist Stephen de Pledge and clarinettist Steve Dummer. They gave their late night concert in the Great Hall at Dartington, performing songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and others.

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Published on August 28th, 2017

‘Dorothy Parker Takes a Trip’ to Petworth Festival, July 2017

Dorothy Parker Takes a Trip was created for Dartington International Festival and premiered in August 2016. Sarah Gabriel will appear at Petworth Festival in July 2017 in a revival of this one-act solo play, directed by Richard Williams.

This is a story about Dorothy Parker in her letters, essays and poems, with songs by Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Milton Babbitt, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and others. Also featuring Dorothy Parker’s lawyer’s assistant and a filing cabinet.

Sarah Gabriel - Dorothy Parker takes a trip

Published on February 19th, 2017

#SingingForSyrians | Saturday 14th January, 6pm | St. John’s, Smith Square

A ‘Come and Sing’ performance of Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light’

Soprano Sarah Gabriel
Baritone Christopher Wray
Conductor David Wordsworth

Choir…. you?

It costs just £20 to sing in the choir, rehearsing from 10.30am, working with conductor David Wordsworth and composer Howard Goodall.
Tickets are only £5 to listen to the performance at 6pm.

You can book tickets for joining the choir or the audience here

About the charity
Singing for Syrians is part of the Hands Up Foundation, a charity that helps the most vulnerable people in and around Syria. Singing for Syrians works with tiny administrative outgoings, ensuring that the funds raised are sent rapidly and directly to help the people who need it.

Published on December 23rd, 2016

Lucretia’s Last Breath | Handel & Hendrix in London | Thursday 26th January 2017

Sarah returns to Handel House, this time with cellist Christopher Suckling, to perform Handel’s youthful masterpiece, La Lucrezia.

Booking for friends of Handel & Hendrix in London is now open, and general booking opens on 5th December. You can buy tickets here.


Published on November 29th, 2016

Dartington International Festival | August 2017

Sarah returns to Dartington International Summer School and Festival to teach the singing workshops in Weeks 3 and 4, perform in various concerts (including recitals with pianists Gavin Roberts and Thomas Ang) and collaborate once again with the wonderful director, Richard Williams on a number of projects, including a course on Guys & Dolls and Oklahoma, and three performances of Sondheim’s masterpiece, Sweeney Todd.

You can find out more and book your place at Dartington here.


Photo credit: Kate Mount

Published on November 15th, 2016

Ethel Smyth: An Extraordinary Life at Luton Music

Sarah Gabriel and the Galos Trio give another performance of their concert of the maverick composer, Ethel Smyth, who rebelled from her family and studied composition in Leipzig, where she met Brahms, Tchaikovsky, the Griegs, Clara Schumann and other musical legends. Sarah appears as Ethel Smyth, with words written by Felicity Broome-Skelton, as well as autobiographical commentary from Ethel Smyth herself.

You can buy tickets for the 5th December performance of this much-loved show here:
Box office 01582 878100

Single Adult Tickets – £16
Concessions* – £10
Children under 18 in full-time education – Free

Read more about Luton Music’s superb programme and the Galos Trio concert.

Published on November 5th, 2016

Ethel Smyth: Impressions of an Extraordinary Life

Ethel Smyth - Sarah Gabriel and Galos Piano TrioGalos Trio & Sarah Gabriel present an evening of stories and music exploring the life, music and encounters of the irrepressible composer Dame Ethel Smyth and her friends: Brahms, Clara Schumann, Grieg and Tchaikovsky, told through her own words.

Written by Felicity Broome-Skelton
Performed by the Galos Piano Trio with soprano Sarah Gabriel as Ethel

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They gave the premiere performance at St. David’s Cathedral Festival on 1st June 2016.

Next performance: Luton Library Theatre, 5th December 2016 for Luton Music. Tickets available soon.

Published on June 2nd, 2016

Forbidden Songs | music banned by the Third Reich

In 1938, Adolf Ziegler curated an exhibition in Düsseldorf of ‘Entartetemusik’: ‘degenerate music’ which was proclaimed to be the cause of the ‘decay’ of the music of the age. Not only was the work of contemporary composers such as Weill, Berg, Schoenberg, Hindemith and Stravinsky condemned, but also Jewish composers of the past such as Mendelssohn and Mahler.

Sarah gave her first recital of the music of these ‘degenerate’ composers at Dartington International Festival in August 2015 with pianist Alexandra Vaduva – including Berg Seven Early Songs, Schoenberg Four Songs Op 2, and also songs by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Mendelssohn and Schubert set to poetry by the forbidden Jewish poet, Heine.

In April 2016, she and pianist Robin Green gave their first peformance of Mahler Rueckert Lieder along with the Berg and Heine settings at Thornbury Arts Festival.

On Monday 25th July at 7.45pm, Sarah and Alexandra will revive their programme at Guiting Festival, with the addition of Broadway songs by Kurt Weill, operetta, and the beautiful Shakespeare songs by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Published on June 2nd, 2016

Next Performance

16 Dec 2017 at 19:30

CONCERT | Handel MESSIAH | Derby Choral Union

Sarah will appear as soprano soloist with Derby Choral Union and Central England Camerata, conducted by Richard Dacey.

Location : Derby Cathedral

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