Sarah was born in Wigton, Cumbria and whilst at school studied trombone with Andy Berryman and was a member of the Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Brass Band.
She studied at Hull University and went on to gain a place on the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music receiving bass trombone tuition from Bob Hughes. During this time, she was also a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Jugendorchester.
Since graduating Sarah has enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career, working in both the orchestral and jazz scenes.
As well as working with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra, she has played in a huge variety of West End shows including Crazy For You, Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables and Oliver. Sarah has collaborated with many artists across the jazz and pop world such as Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzman, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Tom Jones, Lulu and Dannii Minogue. She has appeared on many film soundtrack recordings including Little Voice, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Ronin, and was for many years a member of the house band for the 'Parkinson' television show.
Recently she was in the band for the revival of the classic Broadway musical ‘42nd Street’ at the Theatre Royal in London’s Drury Lane.
She was once described by a leading jazz critic as "quite glamorous"!