Sarah Jeffery (1985, Derbyshire) is a ground-breaking recorder player and clog dancer based in Amsterdam. Having recently graduated cum laude from her master studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Sarah explores the combination of percussive clog dance, live electronics, improvisation and theatrical aspects with contemporary recorder playing. Sarah is an experienced teacher and workshop leader, and is part of the editorial team for the Dutch recorder magazine Blokfluitist.

 

 


 

Sarah Jeffery (1985, UK) is a recorder player, clog dancer and music-theatre maker based in Amsterdam. She has toured and performed throughout Britain, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Belgium, Sweden and Luxembourg as both a soloist and chamber musician. Her performance CV presents such prestigious venues as the Gaudeamus Music Week, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sonorities Festival Belfast, and Oerol festival, Terschelling. She has appeared on BBC, Swiss and Dutch radio and television, and publishes weekly recorder tutorials on her youtube channel Team Recorder.

 

    In 2007 Sarah gained a first class honours degree in music at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England, under the tuition of Ross Winters and Annabel Knight. She then went on to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, with Jorge Isaac and Paul Leenhouts, completing their bachelor programme in 2010. During her subsequent master studies there, Sarah concentrated on exploring the combination of percussive clog dance, live electronics, South-Indian Carnatic improvisation and theatrical aspects with contemporary recorder playing. She graduated cum laude in 2013.

 

     As well as her classical studies, Sarah also has deep roots in British folk music and dance. She is actively working with English clogging as a contemporary percussion instrument, developing this traditional dance form into a medium for rhythmic and theatrical expression. Sarah both develops such choreographies herself, and in collaboration with composers. She has performed with clogs and electronics at venues such as Sonorities festival Belfast, hcmf// UK, NEU/NOW festival Glasgow, the Gaudeamus concert series and STEIM Amsterdam.

 

   She has received a number of prizes, including recently winning the first prize and contemporary music prize at Nordhorn Recorder Competition 2017. She has also won a prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship, the Derbyshire Arts Recorder Prize, and the Birmingham Conservatoire recorder competition, as well as bursaries from the  Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Walter Bergmann Foundation. She was also a finalist in the Doris Newton Music Club Prize, the ERTA Consort Competition, the Park Lane group, and the Julius Isserlis Scholarship Competition.

 

   As well being a soloist, Sarah performs regularly with a number of her own ensembles: Jerboah (art rock band), The Royal Wind Music (11-piece Renaissance recorder consort), Bo is Burning (music-theatre collective), aXolot (recorder trio), and Theater fluup! (music-theatre company for toddlers). Recently, Sarah has worked with ensembles including the Nieuw Ensemble, Black Pencil, Seldom Sene, PRIME recorder ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Ligeti Academy, the White Noise Orchestra, and Leeuwenhart, and theatre companies including Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Theater Artemis, Jeugdtheater Sonnevanck, TIME and the Veenfabriek.

 


 

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