Sarah has been involved in the arts for most of her life; school/church choirs and amateur dramatic groups. She studied music to degree at the University of Surrey (RIHE) where she received classical voice training and was a keen member of the Southlands Singers. Continuing her studies she gained a PGCE at Bath College of HE in 1988.
In 1998 Sarah commenced her professional training with Paul Newham where she developed her understanding of the connection between Voice, Body and Psyche, qualifying in 1999.
Her main specialism is working with older people and those who have dementia.
Sarah has been applying VMT techniques to those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and mental health issues in residential and nursing homes since 2000, seeking ways to stimulate and maintain a connection with those losing their cognitive ability. Even when deterioration is at an advanced or final stage, connections can be made through music and sound. This work is subtle and Sarah works with great tenderness and understanding.
Sarah co-wrote a book with the late Dr Jill Hayes (Dance Movement Psychotherapist) – The Creative Arts in Dementia Care, (2011) which brings practical and person-centred approaches and ideas to professionals and family members.
She performs at special occasions for clubs and groups in the local community and at private celebratory events. Sarah’s intimate style is most suitable at family gatherings for those more mature in years.
I love when Sarah comes as I give out less Paracetamols to the residents – RGN Nurse