Sarah McCabe

Medium: Musician
Website: http://www.sarahmccabemusic.com


Sarah McCabe is a violist originally from Bowmanville Canada, now living in London, England.

Sarah specializes in the performance of new music, premièring many compositions by young composers on both sides of the Atlantic. She finds it incredibly fulfilling to be part of the birth of a new piece. Sarah performs as a vocalist as well as a violist, and loves exploring music where she can sing and play viola simultaneously. She is passionate about chamber music; Sarah co-founded the ViolaViola Duo with fellow singing violist Katherine Clarke. ViolaViola Duo is commissioning new works for two singing violists- the first piece premiered was “Past out of Time” by Peter Davis, with text by Leo Doulton. Sarah has recently established a new duo with pianist Megan Thibeault.

Sarah has recently begun a doctorate at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, on the Barbican-Guildhall Scholarship. She is looking at the DIY performance scene, with a focus on open mics, and how these can be used by major arts institutions to support arts without boundaries.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2019-2023 Doctorate of Music - Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican-Guildhall Studentship
  • 2016-2017 Masters of Music - Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Viola with Matthew Jones
  • 2010-2014 Bachelor of Music in Performance - Acadia University, Violin with Robert Uchida and Jennifer Jones Viola with Laura Veeze and Jillian Smith
  • 2020 Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Projects and Exhibitions

Upcoming and Recent Performances and Recordings

  • 2020 Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
  • 2020 Performance at Banff Centre with Jenn Grant and Daniel Leadwell
  • 2020 Real Fake Birds-AI and video collaboration with Jasperi Wirtanen and Liam Elliot Upcoming Residency with Alkali Ensemble
  • 2020 East Coast Canada Tour with Megan Thibeault- postponed due to COVID-19 Virtual Residency at 48 Hour Neukölln Online
  • 2020 Recording of 20/20 Vision- EP
  • 2019 Pennybrook Folk Festival in Nova Scotia: performing works by Sarah McCabe
  • 2019 Musique et Vie festival in Geneva; performing Schubert, Bach, Taverner, Sarah McCabe St. James’ Church Porto, Portugal; performing Bach, Wendelin Bitzan, Sarah McCabe
  • 2019 Sub Tei Berlin Festival: performing works by Sarah McCabe, Liam Elliot, Cameron Dodds Performance with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Brighton
  • 2019 Performance at London’s WhiteChapelPassage guerrilla art experiment as ViolaViola Duo
  • 2018 Première of Past Out of Time by Peter Davis, performed with Katherine Clarke
  • 2018 The Perfect Opera by Peter Davis, as Violinist/Violist/Angry Drunk
  • 2018 The Unsung Heroes of The Planet: A Fungal Opera by Cameron Dodds, as Viola/Worm
  • 2018 Space Box: a sound art collaboration with Liam Elliot
  • 2018 Last Thursday by Lewis Coenan-Rowe & Gareth Mattey as Viola/Handbell
  • 2018 Recording Döppleganger Project at Lightship 95 Studios
  • 2018 Brahms Bb Major Sextet with Seta Sextet
  • 2018 Vasilis Alevizos: The Art of Beauty, a Drag Queen Aria
  • 2018 Liam Elliot: Winter Music
  • 2018 Recording of In Such a Night as This for two violas by Libby Larsen
  • 2018 Première and Recording of 5 Folksongs from an Alternate Reality by Cameron Dodds
  • 2017 Recording of Spine by Liam Elliot
  • 2017 Recording of ( ) by Liam Elliot
  • 2017 Recording and Première of barefaced on the bier by Johanna S. Groot Bluemink
  • 2017 Recording and Première of After Images by Alex Tay
  • 2017 Recording and Première of Se Vous N’estes by Thomas Fournil
  • 2017 Première of For Cassini by Rufus Isabelle Elliot at ‘Farewell Saturn: Cassini’s Funeral’
  • 2017 Performances with Ember Quartet at Torroella di Montegri Fringe Festival in Spain
  • 2017 Performance tour of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht with Seta Sextet
  • 2017 Première of Thomas Fournil’s sound art for viola, flute, & prepared hurdeygurdey

Awards and Prizes

2016 Guildhall Scholar from Guildhall Artist Trust
2010-2014 Acadia Excellence Scholarship