Sarah Jeffery (1985, Derbyshire) is a ground-breaking recorder player and clog dancer based in Amsterdam. Having recently graduated cum laude from her master studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Sarah explores the combination of percussive clog dance, live electronics, improvisation and theatrical aspects with contemporary recorder playing. Sarah is an experienced teacher and workshop leader, and runs the popular Youtube channel 'Team Recorder'. She has written for a number of music publications and is part of the editorial team for the Dutch recorder magazine Blokfluitist She released her debut album 'Constellations' in September 2018.

 

 


 

Sarah Jeffery (1985, UK) is a recorder player, clog dancer and music-theatre maker based in Amsterdam. She has toured and performed throughout Britain, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Luxembourg as both a soloist and chamber musician. Her performance CV presents such prestigious venues as the Gaudeamus Music Week, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sonorities Festival Belfast, and Oerol festival, Terschelling. She has appeared on BBC, Swiss, German and Dutch radio and television, and publishes weekly recorder tutorials on her youtube channel Team Recorder. She released her debut album 'Constellations' in September 2018.

 

education

    In 2007 Sarah gained a first class honours degree in music at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England, under the tuition of Ross Winters and Annabel Knight. She then went on to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, with Jorge Isaac and Paul Leenhouts, completing their bachelor programme in 2010. During her subsequent master studies there, Sarah concentrated on exploring the combination of percussive clog dance, live electronics, South-Indian Carnatic improvisation and theatrical aspects with contemporary recorder playing. She graduated cum laude in 2013.

 

performing 

   As well as a busy solo career, Sarah performs regularly with a number of her own ensembles: Jerboah (pop? band), The Royal Wind Music (11-piece Renaissance recorder consort), Bo is Burning (music-theatre collective), aXolot (recorder trio), and Theater fluup! (music-theatre company for toddlers). Recently, Sarah has worked with ensembles including the Nieuw Ensemble, Black Pencil, Seldom Sene, PRIME recorder ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Ligeti Academy, the White Noise Orchestra, and Leeuwenhart, and theatre companies including Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Theater Artemis, Jeugdtheater Sonnevanck, TIME and the Veenfabriek.

 

teaching 

    Sarah is very active in music education, and has built up a wealth of experience across all ages (from babies to adults). Alongside her private students, she regularly travels to give masterclasses and workshops at institutions such as Birmingham Conservatoire and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. She has presented at a number of conferences including the MERYC early years music education symposium, the ORDA teachers conference, and the Utrecht Early Music festival symposium. She is actively building a recorder community through her educational Youtube channel Team Recorder.

 

folk research  

As well as her classical studies, Sarah also has deep roots in British folk music and dance. She is actively working with English clogging as a contemporary percussion instrument, developing this traditional dance form into a medium for rhythmic and theatrical expression. Sarah both develops such choreographies herself, and in collaboration with composers. She has performed with clogs and electronics at venues such as Sonorities festival Belfast, hcmf// UK, NEU/NOW festival Glasgow, the Gaudeamus concert series and STEIM Amsterdam.

 

prizes

She has received a number of prizes, including recently winning the first prize and contemporary music prize at Nordhorn Recorder Competition 2017. She has also won a prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship, the Derbyshire Arts Recorder Prize, and the Birmingham Conservatoire recorder competition, as well as bursaries from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Walter Bergmann Foundation. She was also a finalist in the Doris Newton Music Club Prize, the ERTA Consort Competition, the Park Lane group, and the Julius Isserlis Scholarship Competition.