SARAH GAIT COMPOSER
"Sarah Gait's 'Death Fires' was a cleverly constructed sequence of atmospheres" - Michael Church, The Independent
Since winning the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition in 2012, Sarah's works have been recorded in the BBC Maida Vale Studios and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, including multiple broadcasts of large ensemble works Dark Ocean Lights (a BBC commission for the BBC Symphony Orchestra), Portrait of a Moor (performed variously by the Aurora Orchestra and Manchester Camerata) and Death-Fires (written for viol consort Fretwork). Death-Fires was the winning work of the 2011 National Centre for Early Music/BBC Radio 3 Composers' Award, which joined a string of accolades in the compositional field for Sarah, including winner of the Malcolm Arnold Composition Prizes and a prize-winner of the inaugural ABRSM International Young Composers' Competition.
Sarah is privileged to write for many prestigious ensembles and soloists: her works to date have been commissioned and premiered by the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Black Dyke Band, Fretwork, Manchester Camerata, National Youth Orchestra-GB, Olyver New Music Collective, RLPO's Ensemble 10/10, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and soloists including regular collaborators violist Varinia Oyola Rebaza and pianist Yuanfan Yang.
Sarah's works range from large-scale and chamber works of standard notation to solo works exploring different tuning systems, inspired by folk music, and semi-improvised works - most notably, her recent commission for solo cello and string orchestra for the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Coronach was premiered by the orchestra under Olivier Pols, with the composer herself performing the mainly improvised solo part, in the final concert of the Cello Akademie Rutesheim 2019.
Works with electronics include, most recently, Dive, commissioned by the Olyver New Music Collective and performed in London for their 2019/20 season.
To enquire about scores or commissions, please get in touch on the contact page.
To hear an excerpt from Portrait of a Moor, commissioned by the BBC, please click below, or follow the link to see more videos.