BRIT & EMMY nominated Sarah Class has become one of Britains most sought after composers and is described as having ‘the midas touch’ when it comes to creating music. An accomplished musician, scoring for films, television and the concert arena, producer, songwriter, and singer, Sarah brings a unique array of talents to every commission.
A classically trained pianist from an early age, Sarah developed a huge love of jazz and improvisation. At 18 she started in the recording studio at Chichester University creating her own compositions and studying jazz piano.
After graduating her ability as a composer was soon recognised, and she quickly started to make her mark in the world of television and subsequently the film industry.
Sarah’s first major break was when she was asked to compose the score for an independent feature film titled ‘The Weekend’ starring Gina Rowlands and Brooke Shields. This production brought Sarah to the attention of legendary producer Sir George Martin who subsequently took her under the wing of George Martin Music to help and guide her career. This was a major turning point.
Sarah continued to compose many works for television. She also stepped into the realms of popular music and was commissioned to compose and produce the highly acclaimed album ‘Aurora’ with Cantamus, an award-winning all girls choir. This album spent months in the top of the UK Classical Charts and Sarah was nominated for a Classical Brit Award. This was followed by writing and arranging for the #1 Album with Hayley Westenra titled ‘Pure.’
Her next step into film came when Sarah was commissioned to compose the score for an award winning Finnish feature film ‘Mystery of the Wolf.’ She followed this by writing the score for the BBC Films Production of ‘The Meerkats’ in 2008. This movie won ‘Best Score’ at the 2009 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Her compositions for the BBC Series ‘Madagascar’ also received an Emmy Nomination for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music & Sound’.
In 2012 the BBC/Discovery commissioned Sarah to compose and produce the music for the 6 x 1 hour series ‘BBC Africa’ narrated by Sir David Attenborough. This series went to air in the UK in January 2013 and has received massive critical acclaim from the media. This epic series has sold to in excess of 200 countries including the USA and Sarah won a Gold Spirit Award for Best Score and an Emmy nomination in 2014 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and Sound.
In 2015 Sarah scored Director Peter Nicholson’s debut feature ‘Dartmoor Killing’. This won Best Thriller in the 2016 National Film Awards. Sarah was then asked to write the score for Warner’s and Terra Mater Factual Studios’ Brothers of the Wind starring Jean Reno. The film released in January 2016 to much critical acclaim.
In 2019 Sarah scored ‘Okavango River of Dreams’ filmed by Directors, Dereck and Beverly Joubert for PBS Nature. A 90 minute Feature film and 3 part series for TV, Sarah co-scored the music with fellow South African composer J.B Arthur who conducted the Johannesburg Film Orchestra. Robert Redford fell in love with the film and it opened with its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Outside Sarah’s world as a classical composer she is fulfilling her other ambition as a singer~songwriter. From her very early days living in the Isle of Wight, poetry, song~writing and singing have been part of her daily life. She worked with 8 times Grammy award winner, American producer Jay Newland (Norah Jones/Gregory Porter) on her debut album ‘Unity’. The album gained excellent reviews and momentum with Radio play in the UK.
Since this time Sarah released the single ‘Only Love is Real’ (2017) and ‘I Will Fight’. The video for I Will Fight features Sir David Attenborough and was produced for the charity, World Land Trust, to raise awareness for their work.
More recently Sarah’s collaboration with Irish singer and composer Eimear Quinn has produced ‘Hibernia’, the single for Eimear’s much anticipated new album released 2020. Sarah also co-produced and arranged some of the other tracks on the album including ‘In Paradisum’ which entered Classic FM’s Hall of Fame April 2021.
In 2020 she independently released her first classical crossover album ‘Natural High’ recorded with Sinfonia Nord in Iceland. The album presents collaborations with talented solo artists from around the globe. Natural High became the sound track to the World Land Trust’s Save the Chóco Forest campaign in Equador. The music helped to raise above and beyond the target funds of 600,000 and bringing the total amount over £1,000000! Sarah is Ambassador to the charity and continually looks to raise money and awareness of their work through her music.
At the end of 2021 Sarah released two singles from her forthcoming predominately Classical album Resonate. Recorded with the accomplished players of Orchestra for the Earth conducted by John Warner at Sir George Martin’s Air Lyndhurst Studios in Hampstead, Resonate the single, was specially written for the World Land Trust becoming the soundtrack to their latest campaign in Guatemala. Rhythm of the Earth is a personal commission from HM King Charles III, to highlight the message & ethos of his Terra Carta project at the 2021 COP26 Climate conference in Glasgow. The piece was premiered with, (the then) HRH The Prince of Wales at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum at the Terra Carta Seal Awards during the Glasgow conference. Both pieces are part of a diverse, cinematic album intermingling between genres and encompassing both the epic & the intimate, from highly lyrical & emotive classical concertos, soaring choral musical panoramas, to folk-inspired melodies & popular singer~songwriter style pieces. Resonate was released February 4th 2022.
2022 also saw the release of the single Naiades of Nymphes – a duet sung in Ancient Greek with the soprano Eimear Quinn; in August the debut performance of the famous “Giraffe Fight sequence” from the series BBC Africa at the BBC Earth Prom Royal Albert Hall, and “Blackbird” from Resonate on BBC Woman’s Hour. Also in this busy year, Sarah composed the music to the National Geographic 10 part series, America’s National Parks (narrated by Garth Brooks) with co-composer Barnaby Taylor.
Her work on HM King Charles III Sustainable Markets Initiative, providing the music to films about innovative scientists and businesses, working to create sustainability solutions and leveraging global transition in terms of a sustainable future for the planet, is ongoing.