Sarah Brennan is a flute teacher and player based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. She is teacher of flute at Felsted School (Essex), St Albans School (Herts) and Southbank International School (London).
Sarah is an ABRSM examiner which takes her across the globe and the country examining all instruments and grades. She is also a featured teacher for ABRSM Teaching Notes Live, where she has recorded short videos on different elements of the new ABRSM flute syllabus aimed at helping other teachers with problem areas. Sarah is happy to prepare students for exams or support pupils who are more focused on playing for pleasure.
Sarah's pupils range from total beginner to diploma level students ranging across the whole age spectrum. Her wide knowledge of repertoire and styles means that she keeps lessons fun and engaging for everyone, of any age or standard.
Sarah runs flute ensembles, arranges music and takes sectional rehearsals for the schools and is an active member of each department. Sarah also teaches privately at her two teaching studios in Hertfordshire including flute, piano, theory and coaching ABRSM exam technique and preparation across all instruments and grades.
Sarah Brennan was born in Hertfordshire and began her musical education on the piano aged 7 and then the flute aged 11. In 2007 she gained a place to study flute at Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with 1st class honours after studying principally with Judith Hall. In 2011, Sarah gained a place to study for her Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance funded by a full Leverhulme Orchestral Scholarship. She graduated from Trinity in September 2013 with Distinction. She played in all the major ensembles at Trinity and in Birmingham including Trinity Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and in Birmingham Thallein Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Pops Orchestra. She also played in the CBSO Youth Orchestra and Academy from 2009-11 under conductors such as John Wilson, Alan Burabiyev and Thomas Sondergard, with whom she played principal flute for a live orchestral recording for BBC Radio 3. From 2007-10 Sarah was a member of Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra with whom she recorded and rehearsed with the celebrity contestants for the BBC Series Maestro.
Sarah was a finalist in the Birmingham Conservatoire Woodwind Prize in March 2011 and Trinity Harold Clarke Woodwind Prize final in March 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2014 Park Lane Group series with guitarist Grant Dowse. In 2013, Sarah went on tour to Poland with K12 Orchestra, to USA to play principal flute for the International Opera Theater in Philadelphia and played flute for Between Empires, a new musical. In August 2013 Sarah travelled to Edinburgh to play in the musical's run of 2 weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Most recently Sarah has played for the Colchester Symphony Orchestra and Chelmsford Sinfonietta and plays in chamber ensembles for weddings and events.
In 2018 Sarah became an ABRSM examiner and started teaching at St Albans School in Hertfordshire. She hopes to travel the globe with ABRSM and thoroughly enjoys coaching students for all parts of the examination experience.