About our next soloist

Sarah Thornett

Birmingham-born violinist Sarah Thornett currently enjoys a busy freelance life in London. Having previously spent three years in Cardiff in the first violins at Welsh National Opera, she now works primarily with London ensembles including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. She has also worked with many other UK orchestras including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, BBC NOW, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. With some of these ensembles she has been lucky enough to travel to destinations across Europe as well as Japan, Taiwan and Dubai (and her personal favourite, Llandudno!)

Sarah's musical studies began in Birmingham with teacher Lucy Akehurst who started her on the violin aged 4.  Here, she played in several excellent local youth orchestras - kindling her love for orchestral playing.  Sarah continued her academic studies at the University of Birmingham, under the tutelage of Simon Smith, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music with Pavel Fischer, where she received a Masters with Distinction in Solo Performance. 

Sarah also greatly enjoys chamber music, having led several ensembles including prize winning Tamarisk Quartet at RNCM and several groups in Cardiff.  She is a part of Alma Duo with Live Music Now! and has played first violin with small ensembles such as the Florian Quartet.  Recent solo engagements include Sibelius and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos in Sheffield and Birmingham respectively last year. 

When not holding a violin, Sarah enjoys reading, hiking and travelling.