Fly Me to the Moon

Sarah Gabriel, author Lucy Hawking, director Richard Williams and composer and music director Joseph Atkins are developing their new project, Fly Me to the Moon, exploring the music that astronauts have taken with them on their journeys to space, as well as exploring and explaining what they get up to when they get up there.

A feast of letters of note, moments of historical interest, stunning imagery and beautiful music, (including favourite nursery rhymes and mash-ups of David Bowie, Schumann, Schoenberg, Schubert) along with one or two special guests.

Published on February 17th, 2018

Dartington Festival 2018

Booking opens in early December for Dartington Summer School and Festival 2018 – the festival’s 70th birthday.

Sarah Gabriel will be giving concerts, including late-night Berlin Cabaret from the early 20th century and, with the director Richard Williams, devising a show about the indomitable Dorothy Elmhirst, as well as giving vocal workshops in weeks 3 & 4.

Published on November 24th, 2017

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

Testament of Youth - Galos Trio - Sarah Gabriel

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

Film: Days of Candy

Sarah appeared in Sigurd Kolster’s 2016 short film, Days of Candy, produced by Ed Fairweather for National Film & Television School.

Set in 1929, on the day of the Great Crash, she plays Anne Gram, the wife of a man who has invested poorly with cataclysmic consequences.Days of Candy - Sarah Gabriel

Published on October 31st, 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

New Music | Sarah Gabriel and composer Joseph Atkins

Sarah Gabriel and Joseph Atkins are currently collaborating on Joe’s first opera – a dramatic monologue for soprano.

Songs and song cycles composed by Joe and premiered by Sarah include Notes on a City, Notes on Love, It was only the angels who sang, Cry Apples and Sonnet 113.

Joseph studied at New College, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music. He composed the scores for Mud Sweat and Tractors: the Story of Agriculture (BBC2, nominated for a Grierson National Documentary Award) and Shooting the War (BBC4).

Concert works include Notes on Love (premiered at St John’s, Smith Square), It was only the Angels who Sang (St Martin-in-the-Fields), Sonnet 113 (St George’s Bristol), Mirroring the Voice (International Voice Association’s Annual Conference 2005 and the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall) and Cry Apples (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon), pieces for the Spitalfields Festival, COMA London and the New Cambridge Singers plus orchestrations for the opening of the refurbished Colston Hall in Bristol conducted by Charles Hazelwood. He is currently composing a new piece for the BBC Elstree Concert Band’s 25th Anniversary Concert.

Joseph’s credits as Musical Director and accompanist include the European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Me and Juliet (Finborough Theatre) and workshop productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre plus cabaret appearances at The Pheasantry, Chelsea and Pizza on the Park.

Photo of Joe Atkins: Sarah Gabriel

Published on November 27th, 2015

Next Performance

22 Jun 2018 at 19:00

Performance | Aldeburgh Pump House | 'A House on Middagh Street'

Newly-devised by Sarah Gabriel, with Lucy Walker and Dani Meehan; produced by the Britten Pears Foundation This imme

Location : Aldeburgh Pump House

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