Sarah Dacey is a freelance singer, teacher, lecturer and arranger/composer based in London. She studied Music at the University of York, completing an MA in Contemporary Studies. She also continues to study with Alison Pearce, whom she met at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating from the PGDiploma Vocal Studies course with Distinction. Awards include the Lady Lyons Millennium Scholarship, the Arthur Bliss Prize, the Richard Stapley Educational Trust, the John Ireland Competition (Highly Commended) and the Van Smit Prize.
Sarah made her international opera debut with Opéra de Baugé as ‘Amor’ in ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ and recently made her Royal Opera House debut in Elspeth Brooke’s ‘Dot, Squiggle & Rest’. Future operatic performances include playing the roles of ‘Irene’/‘Mary’ in ‘Jerry Springer The Opera’ at The Lost Theatre, London and ‘Belinda’ in ‘Dido an Aeneas’ with the Helios Collective.
Concert performances include Nielsen’s ‘Symphony No.3′ with Henley Symphony Orchestra, Will Todd’s ‘Mass in Blue’ with Hertford Choral Society and Bath Spa University Choir, Mozart’s ‘Coronation Mass’ with Derby Choral Union, Haydn’s ‘Creation’ with Benson Choral Society, ‘Carmina Burana’ with St. Helen’s Choral Society and Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’ with Thames Philharmonic Choir.
An advocate of new music, Sarah’s debut solo album, ‘Calliope’, contemporary songs with pianist Belinda Jones, is to be released later this year on the The Foundry Label. She was the soprano soloist in the London premiere of Claude Vivier’s ‘Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele’ with the London Contemporary Orchestra and gave the Qatari premiere of Gavin Bryars’ ‘The Adnan Songbook’ with members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha.
Sarah also performs regularly with a great varity of professional ensembles including the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, The Octandre Ensemble, The Riot Ensemble, Galvanize Ensemble, multi-media ensemble SoundKarD, with harpist Fontane Liang and Aether Vocal Ensemble.
Some of her arrangements/compositions for Juice are about to be published by UYMP and she recently wrote a work for the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival. She is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent and teaches singing at Junior Trinity Laban.