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The Guardian

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"... it was the players’ quiet whistling that added an intriguing extra texture before fading to an end."

The Berkeley Ensemble

St David's Hall, Cardiff, UK

Musical Opinion

"There was a poised, formal beauty in the score's repeated phrases and fragile textures. The final section's inventive use of whistling and humming [...] brought the piece to an ethereal and haunting conclusion."

The Berkeley Ensemble

St David's Hall, Cardiff, UK

Cambrian News

"... a meditation on the poignancy of Beethoven’s impending loss of hearing. Climbing higher and higher on the top E string, the violin at the work’s conclusion evoked the strange sounds the composer might have been hearing internally."

Mary Hofman & Richard Ormrod

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Dollgellau, UK

The Guardian

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"... transported the ear to a world of its own"


Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK

Weeping Tudor Productions

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"... a transgressive few minutes, with pristine dissonance and an eerie ambiance."

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK

Wales Arts Review

"As an account of how dream and memory are embodied in recollection as ineffable states that find focus in the orchestra’s seemingly bottomless trove of sounds, it’s a jewel."

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK

The Guardian

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"... the inherent austerity of this vein carried more force than the moments of ostensibly consoling tonality".

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK


"The music of Sarah Lianne Lewis is very quiet and delicate [...] The percussion is lightly used, and shimmers around the vocal line."

Sarah Maria Sun & Johannes Fischer

Halle 02, Heidelberg, Germany

Wales Arts Review

"... a piece full of imaginative sonorities involving bowed percussion, agitated woodwind, fast, glissandi strings and more."

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, UK

4 Bars Rest

"... [the work] utilised the Cathedral acoustic to fine effect with its broken motifs and murmured ciphers – as if the walls echoed to the sound of long forgotten paeans."

Wormshead Top Brass

Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral, Cardiff, UK


 interviews and articles 


Nevis Ensemble

Lochan IX | Salt-Starred Waters

Salt-Starred Waters was composed by Sarah Lianne Lewis, performed by Gabriela Jaros, and commissioned by Kim McAllister.


Instrumental Insights: Sarah Lianne Lewis, Composer Affiliate

She was named as our new Composer Affiliate during the recent BBC NOW Prom, but how did Sarah Lianne Lewis become a composer and what’s she most looking forward to about working with the orchestra?

Ty Cerdd

BBC NOW appoints Sarah Lianne Lewis as Composer Affiliate

Sarah Lianne Lewis is to become the new Composer Affiliate of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Wales Arts Review

Preview | UPROAR: Wales' new music ensemble

Wales’ new contemporary music ensemble, Uproar, is about to present its second performance studded with premieres and following a successful inauguration in 2018.

Ty Cerdd

CoDI Interview: Sarah Lianne Lewis

The CoDI Move composer talks about some of the inspirational experiences that have helped shape her work.


Meet the Composers - Part 1

UPROAR talks to Sarah about her work and what inspires her.

Wild Plum Arts

PRS For MUSIC collaboration

In March, six composers from across the UK and a range of specialisms were selected to take part in the Wild Plum Songbook, an innovative new career development initiative.

Bangor University

Ysgol Bro Lleu pupils to feature in Festival

Pupils will be using body percussion to create their own compositions at top festival in north Wales. 9 and 10 year old pupils from Ysgol Bro Lleu, Penygroes have been invited to take a significant part in an event at the Bangor Music Festival.

North Wales Chronicle

Sarah Lianne Lewis debuts latest work in Rhyl

The second première in unmissable series celebrating the work female Welsh composers is set to usher in the year with more incredible classical music.


New members for RSNO Composers’ Hub

Scotland’s national orchestra welcomes five emerging composers to fourth nurturing initiative. Five emerging UK composers have been selected to benefit from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s RSNO Composers’ Hub.

Wales Arts Review

Music | UPROAR: A Preview Guide

An exciting development in contemporary classical music in Wales will take place this week in Cardiff, when ten composers active here will have commissions performed by a new ensemble.

Cardiff University

Tŷ Cerdd announce selections for CoDI composers career development

Fourteen Welsh and Welsh-based composers have been selected to participate in Tŷ Cerdd’s new CoDI Composer Pathways initiative, offering them unique career development opportunities.

Sound and Music

George Butterworth Award Winner 2018

The George Butterworth prize is awarded annually to a UK-based composer, for an outstanding new work created through one of Sound and Music’s composer development programmes. We’re delighted to announce that this year’s winner is Sarah Lianne Lewis, for her work Blossoms in bloom are also falling blossoms.

Ty Cerdd

The music that made me

Composer Sarah Lianne Lewis selects some of the most important music in her life.


TYCW 2016-2017 Second Round

The second round of the 2016-2017 edition of the Tenso Young Composers Workshop took place in Mechelen in May 2017. After the first sessions in Amsterdam in November 2016, Lillie Harris, Sarah Lianne Lewis and Miguel Bastos were selected to come to Mechelen...


Sound and Music announces Portfolio and Embedded composers

Sound and Music (SaM) has announced the composers selected for its artist development projects. As part of Composers’ Kitchen 2017, Lawrence Dunn and Sarah Lianne Lewis will join SaM’s Embedded project.

Cardiff University

New Voices

Three Cardiff composition alumni have been chosen for a Sound and Music scheme highlighting some of the most exciting early to mid-career composers working in Britain today.

Music News Scotland

Ten Composers, Five Ensembles, Ten World Premières!

After an extensive and exciting application process which included the recent recruitment of five of Scotland’s top chamber ensembles, the Scottish Music Centre are delighted to announce the ten composers chosen to participate in their 2012/13 Composition Marathon.