Sarah Dacey & Gavin Roberts

A late-night song recital with the award winning soprano, Sarah Dacey


9.30pm, Tuesday 9 August 2022


Sarah Dacey (soprano), Gavin Roberts (piano)


Great Hall, Dartington Trust, South Devon


£18 Central Rake | £15 Unreserved Benches & Balcony

About this event

Praised for her strong and witty performances, soprano and composer Sarah Dacey joins forces with pianist Gavin Roberts for a late-night song recital. 

About this event

Sarah is a singer, composer and teacher based in London. She studied at the University of York and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from the PGDiploma Vocal Studies course with Distinction. Awards include the Lady Lyons Millennium Scholarship and the Van Smit Prize.

Opera performances include Opéra de Baugé, the Royal Opera House, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, the Lost Theatre, the Roundhouse and Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival.

An advocate of new music, Sarah has sung countless premieres, including the soprano solo in the London premiere of Claude Vivier’s ‘Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele’ with the London Contemporary Orchestra and the Qatari premiere of Gavin Bryars’ ‘The Adnan Songbook’ with members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha.

As a composer and arranger her music has been broadcast on Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music and performed in the Wigmore Hall, the Tate Modern, the Three Choirs Festival, the National Theatre, the Orange Tree Theatre and the Tête à Tête Opera Festival. Her arrangements and compositions for Juice Vocal Ensemble feature on their albums with Nonclassical and Resonus and some are published by UYMP in a compilation entitled the ‘Songspin Songbook’.  Commissions include a chamber opera (‘Liquid History’) for Gestalt Arts and a re-working of her arrangment of the folk ballad, ‘Cruel Mother’ for the Viol Consort, Fretwork. In January 2021, her new choral piece, ‘Love Letter’, is being published by OUP.

Sarah is a member of several critically acclaimed groups including the groundbreaking Juice Vocal Ensemble, the innovative Riot Ensemble, multimedia specialists SoundKarD and Galvanize, early music ensemble Ursula’s Arrow, contemporary music leaders the Octandre Ensemble and Twilight Ensemble, an operatic quintet. Choral work includes the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices and Synergy Vocals. As a session singer Sarah has provided backing vocals for Aphex Twin, Anna Calvi and for the Heritage Orchestra’s ‘Joy Division Reworked’ project. She also runs Reel Vocals, a group of session singers who’ve recorded music for adverts of Ikea, Morrisons and McVities, trailors for ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Enchanted Kingdom’ and backing vocals for Susan Boyle’s Christmas single, ‘Miracle Hymn’.

Sarah is also a Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music.

Gavin Roberts enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City. He has appeared at The Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Festival, The Ludlow Weekend of English Song, The Ryedale Festival and The Oxford Lieder Festival. He works regularly with soprano Lucy Hall, with whom he was the winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and actor Rosamund Shelley, with whom he performs her one-woman shows Novello & Son and War Songs.

He has played for The BBC Singers, The Joyful Company of Singers, Constanza Chorus, The Hanover Band, Tiffin Boys’ Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox. Gavin has appeared regularly on BBC Radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist, often giving premiere performances of new works. He has played on numerous recordings for the BBC, ASV, Guild and Priory Records. His most recent project is a CD recording of London-themed song commissions for Song in the City.

Gavin studied piano with Andrew West and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Professor. He previously read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he also held the organ scholarship. Following this, Gavin gained a Master’s degree from King’s College London. Gavin is Organist and Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church. More details: &

About the dartington music festival

This event is part of the annual Dartington Music Festival, a thrilling summer of live classical, jazz, folk and experimental music on the Dartington estate, running this year between 23 July and 19 August.


For more information about the Dartington Music Summer School & Festival , which includes an exciting range of intimate chamber music, spectacular outdoor performances, family-friendly concerts, workshops and talks, visit the Festival website.

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Tuesday 9th August

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