Meet Sarah Tennant-Flowers
In the field of choral conducting Sarah is an internationally recognised performer and teacher. The numerous and versatile array of professional and amateur groups with which she has worked includes the Hilliard Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir, the Friedenkirche Chor of Düsseldorf, English Baroque and Reading Bach Choirs, Harlow Chorus, and the choirs of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she was a senior lecturer and subsequently served as head of choral conducting for several years. As guest chorusmaster she has prepared numerous choirs including the BBC Symphony Chorus for Proms performances under Andrew Davis and Ed Gardner, and the Granada International Chorus for Harry Christophers (The Sixteen) and she directs the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus, which gave the first performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Dubai in the spring of 2019 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In addition to directing the Oxfordshire chamber choir NC3, Sarah regularly works as guest conductor for groups such as Commotio and VoxCantab, the CBSO’s community choir SOVocal, London’s Whitehall Choir and Scunthorpe & District Choral Society.
Formerly General Manager of The Sixteen and a founder Director of the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD), Sarah is in huge demand as a conducting teacher, tutoring for Trinity College Oxford, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Sing for Pleasure, and ABCD. She featured as conducting mentor to actor Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s popular TV series ‘Maestro’. Sarah also regularly adjudicates at choir events such as the Leith Hill and Reigate Music Festivals.
As a singer Sarah performs throughout the UK with leading professional female consort Papagena. Recent concerts have included performances at the Edinburgh, Christchurch and Three Choirs festivals and collaborations with the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford and Birmingham. The group has recorded acclaimed CDs for the SOMM label and future projects include a collaboration with the BBC Singers, The Queen’s Six and Christ Church Oxford. www.papagena.co.uk