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Previous Musical Director

Sarah Cope

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Sarah came from a musical family and has always enjoyed singing and playing a variety of instruments. Her earliest memory is of wearing a blue choir robe and a funny hat at a time when she could not even see over the choir stalls!

After studying at Southlands College and London University (main studies: Trumpet, Music and Education), during which she gained her B.Ed and M.A. and ARCM,  Sarah taught in Junior and Prep Schools in Kew, Slough and Langley, quite often on a part-time basis while the family appeared (three boys and a girl). 

When the family moved to Newbury in 1992, Sarah resumed her full-time career and became Director of Music at Thorngrove School, Farleigh School and St. Nicolas Church. Sarah has been particularly interested in building up community events, based at St. Nicolas Church. This has led to performances of “Joseph”, “Godspell”, and the development of the annual “Sing Christmas.”

Since 2006 Sarah has pursued a career as a freelance musician, including choir training, conducting and individual teaching in brass, voice and piano; she really enjoys this variety and the resulting opportunities.

Recently Sarah and her husband Nic went on a narrowboat holiday and were hooked! The result is they now have a sixty footer called "Molly Rose" and have enjoyed cruising along the Kennet and Avon canal as well as venturing along the Oxford and Grand Union canal systems. There is no piano aboard yet but you can take a trumpet and a saxophone...!

Sarah enjoyed working with the Cromwell Singers and building on the excellent work that has gone before.

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