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Sarah-Ann Cromwell

The Beginning

Sarah-Ann’s first professional gig was soloing Faure’s Pie Jesu aged 13 years old in the village of Barrow-Upon-Soar. She was paid in flowers which, at a time before smart phones, seemed quite marvellous. After completing her music degree, posies seemed less financially sensible and to accompan her weekend Oratorio solo engagements she completed her PGCE and accepted a position running a Secondary School Music Department in Walsall (West Midlands). Here, thanks to 1200 fantastic, "in her face" teenagers she trained her first (but not last) Award Winning Vocal Ensemble. In her fourth year her sixth formers gave her a leaving card which said:

Follow your dreams where ever they go
Nurture them, Care for them,
let them flow.

Upon reading it, she cried, went to the Head's office, knocked on the door......and quit.

A new life as an Opera Singer and a Grass Roots Choir conductor

Up-skilling from a weekend Oratorio performer to a full time Opera singer at Birmingham Conservatoire was a brutal transition. No alcohol, no passive smoking ('Adieu' Saturday night clubbing) no caffeine, no fatty foods. However, Sarah-Ann’s diligence was rewarded with a Birmingham Conservatoire Oratorio Prize and Birmingham Festival Recital prize. After graduating (again) she sang for the Japanese Embassy in Paris, performed in the critically acclaimed Birmingham Opera Company’s Othello (aired on BBC 2) with Graham Vick and Stephan Barlow and Pitti Sing-ed in a sell out Mikado at Bristol’s Colsten Hall. She soloed alongside Royal Opera House’s Rodney Earl Clarke, West End Star Rhydian and BBCs Catherine Bott (OK so it was only one solo musical line with Mrs Bott but it was an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ONE!). Alongside rehearsals and performances Sarah-Ann continued to train Grass Roots Choirs. She was awarded choral conducting scholarships with Stephen Jackson of the BBC Chorus and Master Clases with international conductor David Lawrence. Sarah-Ann conducted her second Award Winning Choir at The Magic of Music at the Royal Albert Hall. The choir was subsequently flown out to Gratz to represent England at the World Choir Games.

Sarah-Ann Cromwell: Diva is born!

Sarah-Ann wanted to share Music’s giggles with a different audience. She wrote, produced and starred in the cabaret: Diva Gigs: A Week in the Life of a Diva and toured it round the UK's festivals culminating at the Edinburgh Fringe. She attracted Monmouth Festival's largest Classical audience, had sold out venues in Birmingham and Ludlow and returned with 4 star reviews (one from London Time Out no less) Buxton’s Spirit of the Fringe Award, Cheese n Crackers 2014 prize and became Britain's First Award Winning Operatic Comedian: Diva!

The London Quartet

Enjoying this music/comedy mash up Sarah-Ann pondered what to do next. An audition appeared in her inbox from a Quartet in London looking for a Soprano. She started to type up her extremely sensible Operatic CV. A thought struck her, she deleted her personal statement and typed:
If you are looking for a cardboard cut out soprano with tits, teeth and zero personality....I’m probably not the best Diva to call........
The three gentlemen saw the funny side and Sarah-Ann started learning music as the Cantabile’s 1st Lady Soprano!
Sarah-Ann Cromwell - Soprano
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