Sarah Ann Boughton is a musician and composer who pioneered as the first violinist to study jazz performance at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During her time there she additionally developed an interest in a variety of folk fiddle styles, and formed the folk fusion group N.O.M.A.D who performed extensively at gigs, community projects and festivals such as Glastonbury. After discovering a passion for playing flamenco, Sarah also went on to tour with the professional dancer Ana Garcia, and flamenco/gypsy-jazz fusion band The TG Collective.
Sarah continued her education at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she studied for a performance masters' in ethnomusicology, specialising in Cuban and Brazilian folk music. Following this she was offered a place at the prestigious National Film and Television School, where she was provided with the opportunity to compose soundtracks for a variety of different media and genres. Sarah also composed and arranged commercial soundtracks for the company Rush Music Ltd., whose clients include Peroni, Cancer Research UK, Care Africa and Vax/Hoover.
Currently based in London, Sarah has a keen interest in audio-visual and cross-arts collaborations, and is always prepared to lend her diverse composition and arrangement skills to new projects. Past collaborations include organising the string section for a Bob Marley tribute concert at the Hackney Empire, transcribing and arranging orchestral parts for pop covers recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and composing for Blue Lapis Light, a renowned contemporary aerial dance company based in Austin, Texas.
Recently Sarah has worked closely with Nutshell Productions, who specialise in conservation and natural history filmmaking, and has scored the music for a feature film, Kal & Cambridge, directed by Ja'far Abd al-Hamid. As well as composing, Sarah also gigs regularly with The Velveteen Orkestra and her own song-writing project Jipsy, and lectures in both composition and performance studies at West Herts College in Watford, Hertfordshire.