Jerwood Opera Writing Programme 2014-15

Sarah was accepted on to the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme 2014-15, run by Aldeburgh Music and supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music is designed for composers, writers and directors who have little or no experience of writing or creating opera, and who want to widen their horizons and equip themselves to create contemporary work combining music, theatre and text. Artists can be at any stage of their career. Aldeburgh Music, with its unique, inspiring environment and its growing programme of professional development for musicians and composers, has an unparalleled history of creating new opera.

The programme was comprised of three week-long workshops at Aldeburgh., where composers were paired up with librettists and directors for creative tasks, to create small pieces to specific briefs.


  • A Son to the Slaughter – chamber opera (2015) with librettist and director Max Hoehn
  • Triumvirate – opera scene (2015) with poet J.L. Williams
  • Into the White – opera scene (2015) with librettist Leyli Daryoush
  • Instructions on How to Climb a Staircase – opera scene (2014) with performance maker Nic Green