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Sarah Morgan

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Sarah was born in Epsom, Surrey, into an RAF family. She inherited her fatherís love of music and his wicked sense of humour; also her mothers love of nature. She performed in musicals at her church youth group as a teenager, and a boyfriend encouraged her in solo singing. In the 1960s, she became immersed in the vibrant folk scene and sang both solo and with Don Morgan as duo Curateís Egg. At that time, teaching was her profession and music was her hobby. Her early experiences of teaching in the poorer areas of Liverpool kindled her life-long desire to enable development in others.

Sarah has always enjoyed singing with other people, whether accompanied or a capella harmony singing. Over the years she has worked with Mary Eagle, Bread & Roses, Hen Party, the trio Craig, Morgan, Robson and latterly has been doing some work as a duo with Jeff Gillett. In later years, her hobby became her profession. She performed regularly as well as composing, arranging and leading harmony workshops at folk festivals.
In 1999, she was asked to take on the leadership of a village choir. She applied and developed the model conceived by Roger Watson of TAPS: open access, no auditions, learning by ear rather than sight-singing, and a repertoire which was based largely on folk songs. This set her apart from many community choir leaders of the time, whose focus was on world music. She founded community choirs in Winchester and Andover with English folk music at the heart of their repertoires. Many of the arrangements were her own, developed either because there were no existing arrangements or any that she could find were too complex for her vernacular choirs.

Recently, she ran conferences on community choirs at Winchester University and at the folk arts centre Cecil Sharp House in London.

Sarah completed an English degree as a mature student at Reading University and in the last weeks of her life she finished her doctoral submission and her Professional Doctorate was awarded posthumously by Winchester University. Her thesis, Community Choirs - A Musical Transformation: A Review of My Work in Management, Music, Choir Leadership and Folk Song, will be published as an e-book. The Sarah Morgan Foundation is being created to continue her work and proceeds from this album will go to its fund.

 


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