Sadie Harrison

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Sadie is a composer and performer known for the socio-political aspects of her music-making with several works challenging stereotypes of marginalised peoples, celebrating their creativity and individuality with powerful expressions of musical solidarity.

She was recently Composer-in-Residence with Cuatro Puntos (USA) and Kunstler Bei Wu Sculpturepark (Germany), supported by Arts Council England and PRSF Composer’s Fund Grants. She is Composer-in-Association with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, her symphonic work Sapida-Dam-Nau premiered by their Women’s Orchestra at the 2017 World Economic Forum.

2017-19 has seen the release of 4 discs, all receiving superb reviews: Observer: ‘disc of glittering intensity’; BBC Music Magazine: ‘beautiful and intriguing’; Fanfare: ’a special, fragile space’, 5:4: ‘daringly wild…positively feral. Utterly amazing’, Composition Today: ‘a riot of sound..a great shout of joy’, Gramophone: ‘an important contribution to piano repertoire’.

Sadie’s recent commissions have included ‘..the glory of stars..’ for Tomas Klément/Czech Radio; Cantare et trepidare for the virtuoso singing violist, Katherine Clarke; Anthem for Bristol Planetarium celebrating the Moon Landing; My Hazara People for the Orchestra of St. Johns with a text by Shukria Rezaei. Her music is published by UYMP and Recital Music with works on the ABRSM and Trinity examination lists. Sadie is a composition mentor with South West Music School, tutor with New Music South West and Chair of Sound World – a new charity promoting contemporary music in SW England.