Working with stunning musicians in Johannesburg right now! We’ve just spent 3 days recording the newly created ensemble – The Johannesburg Film Orchestra. Excellent instrumentalists and wonderful people, we recorded and hour and 40 minutes of outstanding strings and woodwind to create the musical backdrop to Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s latest epic project. More to come on this….! This was my first time in Africa and I expected sunny skies and good weather, but it was a bit wet and stormy this time with the rains coming late in the day. I can’t wait to go back!
Time seems to travel so fast, another year has passed. In all the craziness of this world and such a bizarre political climate, it seems to me we need to remain centred in the eye of the storm by remembering what really matters in life. Love, kindness, compassion and also nature. Nature is there waiting for us to uplift our very being and infuse our physical mental and emotional anguish with it’s all embracing spirit, pulling us back and asking us to listen to that small still voice of calm. Nature is in the moment, it never strives to be in the past or the future, it simply “is” and we are part of it. So let’s be at peace with all that is, not resisting the flow of life, loving this world with all it’s contradictions and being kind to ourselves and others. After all, it just hurts any other way:-)
May your year be blessed with good health, joy and the fulfilment of all your hopes and dreams.
Hey everyone, I’ve just finished a new video for my forthcoming single, I Will Fight – release date 10th March, details to be announced very soon. This is part of a new album/EP to be released later this year. The video was made to promote the work of the World Land Trust and making it was an amazing experience! I got the chance to involve Sir David Attenborough in the making of the video which was a unique experience and will so help to raise awareness of the charity. To learn more about World Land Trust, please click here.
Lots of recording, filming and writing new material for me at the moment. Some new collaborations and creative projects all coming together nicely. More to come on this!
My aims for 2017 – to get back surfing after a long time away from the sea – I’ve missed it so. Also get more sunshine – and nature – too much time in a studio recently. Think we’re all feeling a bit too wintery at the moment;-) Been writing more poetry which I used to do a lot, it’s really therapeutic.
So glad it’s 2017 and all good wishes to everyone for a healthy and happy year!
I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Sir George Martin. In fact I would say without any drama, he changed my life.
When Adam Sharp George’s Manager introduced me to George it really was a dream come true. Strangely a few months earlier I had made a wish that I would love to work with George but could never conceive that it would happen. I met George with Giles and Adam for tea and cake (will never forget the cake!) and it really struck me how fun George was. He asked me about my music, who I loved to listen to and laughed at all my jokes. I was taken under the wing of George Martin Music. I was so very happy.
I have lovely memories of moments in the studio at Air Lyndhurst. I spent a lot of time there in the early days of George Martin Music, recording my first big album for Warner Classics – Cantamus~Aurora with Adam and George’s backing and guidance. The album went on to be in the top 5 of the Classical charts for 3 months. I then arranged many of the tracks from Hayley Westenra’s debut album, Pure. I worked with Giles and George on this and also produced a couple of songs with Giles including my own song Across the Universe of Time. George with Giles wrote the beautifully arranged lyrical song, Beat of My Heart. It was great working with Giles who is fun to be with and also Hayley who gave her all to the album.
Sir George Martin was a great musical visionary, an articulate, kind man with huge integrity and a wicked sense of humour. He is greatly loved and will be so very missed.
I’m so happy to have known such a wonderful man.
Maverick Magazine have just reviewed my new album, click on the image below to read:
I’ve very excited to announce that my new album is now released into the world. Also the single Northern Shore with it’s brand new video.
Here it is! Hope you enjoy. Swimming with dolphins as a mermaid was a dream come true;-)
Well, this year has already disappeared faster than I’d like;-) But so much has happened. I’ve spent many months getting my much anticipated (by myself and forbearing family and friends mainly!) album ready for release, and latest video for single release Northern Shore ready. It is finally finished and about to see the light of day. (phew – what a long haul). Hours of painstaking colour grading editing and producing spent getting things to a place where finally I am happy with the video. Hopefully it’ll cheer you up if you’re feeling a little like a lift – I know it does me every time I see what was a huge adventure and an experience of a lifetime! More of this later..
The album Unity is to be released on the 2nd October. Many of the tracks are produced by Jay Newland (8 times Grammy winner, Etta James,Norah Jones). It was a dream come true to work with Jay and after I returned from the studio in Connecticut I went on to record more songs in the UK as they kept coming and finally I felt ready to get the album finished! The title track Unity was produced by Jonas Wrestling at Matrix studios – it’s probably one of my favourite tracks and is about the interconnectedness of all things. The balance of the Universe and how each small detail of our beautiful world (and it still is) affects another.
I’m now very much looking forward to playing with a completely new band – wonderful musicians with some great gigs lined up for the autumn and some new material on the table. The concert in Guildford is with a 40 piece choir and I’m so excited to try out some new arrangements I’m currently working on. It’s going to be very different – a total mix of genres!
It’s a long time since I posted. There have been highs and lows to this year, the latter half of the year being the most difficult. I played a specially written song, for a dear friend and manager David Bainbridge at his service in October, perhaps one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. He passed away suddenly in August and he is very missed. David is (and I use the present tense because I believe that just because the physical body dies, the soul and energy of that person remains and he is with me still) an enormously creative man and had many projects on the go which were all fantastic. He was very loved and I am so blessed that he was in my life for even a short time. I had an amazing time in Cordoba and Gibralter with him and his partner Marisa 10 days before he died and I will always remember this time as very special. His enthusiasm and drive was second to none! David didn’t do “negative”;-) ..
This year I have been adding to my new album, the release of which has been delayed, but is evolving all the time and is set for release in 2015. I’ll keep you posted on this! In the meantime I’ve been working on some exciting new videos for next year and also a couple of feature films. I’m due to start the 2nd in 2015 and the first – Dartmoor Killings will be privately previewed early next year before it’s release in 2015. It’s an amazing film from British director Peter Nicholson and is all (naturally!) based in Dartmoor. Stunning shots and scenery and gritty content – watch this space!!
The other film Way of the Eagle is a beautiful and powerful feature drama, all specially shot footage no CGI! Filmed over three years. This is due for cinematic release Christmas 2015. Very exciting. I’ll be posting more on this as the year progresses.
Winning a Gold Spirit Award and being nominated for an Emmy were a couple of high points in the year as have been surfing in Hawaii, helping some great young filmmakers and musicians to follow their dreams and working with the World Land Trust on their amazing campaigns. It’s been a year of growth and progression;-)
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and inspiring New Year. May all your dreams and wishes be fulfilled in 2015.
Last week I found myself in Gibraltar – first time I’d ever visited! I was amazed at the huge rock and all the inhabitants – some 30,000 living around it’s. Lovely old town and square, warm sea which I swam in and lovely people. I got interviewed for the forthcoming Gold Spirit Awards to be held in Cordoba on the Wednesday and we sat in a pleasant coffee house as Alice from the Gibraltar Chronicle asked me about my music and life. It was with a view to another feature later. Of course at that point I had little idea that I’d actually win, although it seemed positive as we’d all been invited to the festival.
It was hot hot hot there – Cordoba’s maze of streets confused us and we had to get a taxi driver to lead us into the old town without getting lost!! The festival was wonderful – very intimate yet international and the people passionate about music. There was a dreamy quality to the setting – and as I walked up a red carpet strewn with white rose petals and sat at a beautifully laid table, I felt a bit nervous! (perhaps I should have prepared a speech!!) Anyway we sat with some other composers – John Lunn – the composer who wrote all the music to the great and popular series Downtown Abbey was there – he’s a lovely guy and we’d worked together judging at the Ivors – really nice to see a familiar face! Murray Gold (Doctor Who) and Rolf Kent (Dexter, Sideways, Wedding Crashers and many more!) were there and the wonderful composer Abel Korzeniowski who sat next to me and won two Gerry Goldsmith awards!! I also met some great guys starting a new festival in Columbia and wonderful people from all different countries. Thanks for your lovely comments and coming to chat – it was great to meet you all.Congratulations to all who were there. When my name was called and I went up to the stage, I had to stop myself having a Gwenyth moment;-) I have to say it was a real honour to be recognised for the music I wrote for BBC Africa series and also get to know some of the people who are listening to scores around the world. Thank you again Cordoba!
Just got back from a writing/surfing/chillin’ break in Southern Cali. Weather hot, sea very warm, inspiration was flowing… so 5 new songs on the go. Some inspired by my experiences in Oahu Hawaii and others are coming from a new place – a new time…. things feel like they’re about to change. I love that feeling. Travel always sets out new pathways to creativity, to life, love and the spiritual being. So all good. Encinitas had just the right vibe for relaxing and writing music. One day we wandered into a bead shop and it was hard not to be attracted to the array of colours and beautiful crystals the place had to offer. We ended up chatting to the owner for hours who told us the great George Harrison stood in the very spot I was standing in (deliberating over amber or wooden beads!) to make a necklace for his wife Olivia. Love stories like that. We met so many great people! Lauren, Pablo,Randy, Ellen, Michelle, Jim and Jim – Some of these guys had surfed with my hero Eddie Aikau on big waves on the North Shore and the great Jerry Lopez!
Always on a surfing mecca we stopped in to the best surfing museum ever, The Surfing Heritage Museum. How those guys rode some of those things, I don’t know – I’m pretty sure some were not very successful but the innovation process here is fascinating. Early boards from the early 1900s were made of knotless red cedar, finless and generally made for prone-riding. I’m sure people tried to stand on them for fun tho – I would have!! There were also 3 boards owned by the famous championship swimmer and surfer “The Duke”! Here’s a great photo of him with his surfing buddies back in the day (at the very back, second from the right):
I liked this board with it’s psychedelic colours!
Anyway, the best thing about this trip was the stunning view from the place we were staying which I’d love to share with you because it’s so inspiring. You could hear the sea all night long and it was like a continuous meditation….beautiful….
Until next time, Sarah x