Sarah Carlin is an honours graduate of the internationally acclaimed Birmingham Music Conservatoire where her teachers were Professor Julian Pike and mezzo-soprano Christine Cairns. A proud native to Mansfield, she began her singing career as a member and soloist in the world-renowned girls’ choir ‘Cantamus’ for eight years, studying vocal technique with it’s late director, Miss Pamela Cook, MBE. She toured regularly with the choir, with whom she won several competition prizes, both in Europe and the Far East. Sarah also features on an EMI recording as part of the Choir.
Whilst studying in Birmingham, Sarah was a finalist in many competitions, including the 2013 Mario Lanza Opera Prize, the 2009 Winifred Micklam Prize, and the 2011 Corton Hyde Early Music competition. She performed the roles of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas; Diana from Orpheus in the Underworld; Phyllis from Iolanthe; and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Sarah was also a chorus member in The Cunning Little Vixen and in Street Scene, as well as being a respected member of the prestigious CBSO chorus.
During her final year at the Conservatoire, Sarah’s main focus was to gain as much solo recital experience as possible, in preparation for her two main exams: major project and final recital. She performed in many lunchtime concerts, including a 50 minute recital for one of the college’s external engagements. For her major project Sarah produced, organised and performed a European Folk themed concert. She sang many difficult song cycles, including works by Ravel and Britten; and a special arrangement by Daniel Bovey of Rodrigo’s cuatro madrigales amatorios for two guitars and voice.
Outside college, Sarah gained a place in the British Youth Opera chorus 2011 summer workshop. She has entered and won various competitions, including the Lied Prize, Musical and Operetta Prize, Oratorio Prize and was awarded ‘The Most promising female voice of the year’ at the David Clover completion in 2008/2009.
Sarah is now based in the Nottingham area, where she is establishing herself as a singing teacher both privately and in schools, as well as being a regular concert performer. Sarah is now having singing lessons with Lynne Wayman where she is learning cross-over singing styles.