2018 Festival Patron – Sarah Walker C.B.E.
Sarah Walker has enjoyed an extraordinarily wide ranging career both on the opera stage and on concert platform. Having started her musical life as a violinist and ‘cellist at the RCM London, she subsequently began studying with the celebrated Hungarian voice teacher, Vera Rozsa, with whom she built up an extraordinarily wide repertoire ranging from Bach to Berio and beyond.
Sarah has performed in concert halls and opera houses the world over, taking part in such landmark events as Beethoven’s Ninth under Bernstein at the opening of the Berlin Wall, Pavarotti’s sixtieth birthday performances at The Met, and the Last Night of the Proms with her two unforgettable Union Flag draped appearances as Britannia. She debuted at Glyndebourne as Diana/Giove in Cavalli’s La Calisto, and favourites among more than seventy roles in her repertoire are Didon, Klytämnestra, Donna Elvira, Katisha, Mistress Quickly, numerous Handel and Monteverdi heroines and the title role in Britten’s Gloriana.
Sarah’s greatest love has always been song and the overwhelming success of her Wigmore Hall debut established her as a recitalist of supreme excellence whose wide repertoire and artistry is reflected in numerous recordings. She was among the first performers to set up a web presence at sarahwalker.com and has now moved onto Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud and other platforms. She was appointed C.B.E. in 1991.