Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Sarah Douglas is a freelance clarinet player, teacher and examiner based in London. She studied clarinet, piano and saxophone at Chetham’s School of Music where she was awarded the ‘Larrson Wind’ and ‘Orchestral Wind’ prizes. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma and BMus (hons) at the Royal College of Music, supported by the Anne Driver Trust, a Neil Vint Bursary and where she won the ‘Selmer Clarinet Prize’ and the 'Stephen Trier Prize' for bass clarinet. She was also a recipient of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Musical Trust.


In 2010/11 Sarah was invited to take a temporary post as Acting Co-Principal Clarinet of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. This involved performances in their World Symphony Series as well as projects at schools and community centres in the townships and a tour to Mozambique.


Other orchestral work includes projects with the London Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, Southern Sinfonia, Brandenburg Sinfonia and Women of the World Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Marin Alsop and with comediennes Jo Brand, Sue Perkins and Sandi Toksvig. Sarah enjoys playing in opera and works regularly with the Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose company in the West End and on UK tours, and with Opéra de Baugé in the Loire Valley.


Solo and chamber venues include The Royal Ballet, Royal Academy of Arts, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall and Buckingham Palace. She performs recitals around the UK and for international cruise contracts with pianist Amy Wakefield and with the flexible chamber ensemble 'Bridegtower Music.'  She has run interative concerts and workshops in community settings and been trained to work with special needs children and elderly people with dementia through Live Music Now. Sarah’s education and outreach work includes projects with the LPO, RCM, the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the 'Proms-Out and About', London Sinfonietta events for re-opening of the Festival Hall and a Gala performance for the Queen. She has also performed alongside Brit-Award Winner Duffy on Radio 1’s Live Lounge.


Sarah currently teaches at Tiffin School, St Pauls School and Hereward  House School. She coaches woodwind for National Orchestras for All, The Thames Youth Orchestra and is an examiner for the Music Teachers' Board.

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