Sbotolau is new series of digital introductions to music creators in Aberystwyth and wider Ceredigion, hosted by MusicFest Aberystwyth.
For spring 2022, we want to introduce a composer of international standing from the local area, Sarah Lianne Lewis, a composer of bold and imaginative contemporary classical music that blurs the boundary between acoustic and electronic sound.
Sarah has a long-standing relationship with Musicfest Aberystwyth, as a one-time participant in our summer school as a young composer to being commissioned in 2021 by Musicfest for an evocative solo piano work for Yshani Perinpanayagam.
Described as “quiet and delicate” and “full of imaginative sonorities”, her music explores subtle intricacies of texture, engaging audiences in unique soundscapes and sonic atmospheres. She often writes about connection, climate change and the natural world, informed by a female disabled perspective.
Before we find out more about Sarah and her work, here are two works to whet your appetite:
‘If the earth forgets you’ 
‘Apart we are not alone’ and ‘Together Apart’ 
What has Sarah been up to recently?
The Parting Place
Her new micro-opera ‘The Parting Place’, written with librettist Sophia Chapadjiev was commissioned by the Royal Opera House in partnership with Casco Phil, Curated Place and St Pancras International Station. The work explored themes of travel and relationships, inspired by stories sent in by the public, and was premiered in St Pancras International Station on International Women’s Day on 8th March 2022, one of seven female-created and female-led micro-operas commissioned for the event.
Trailer (begins at 0:24)
Stars and their Consolations
A quick listen to ‘I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form’
Sarah’s I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form, which range from the explosive, to the remote, to the utmost pointillism, is a work written for two pianos and was recorded and written specially for the Cobalt Duo in 2016.
Sarah is currently Composer Affiliate with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; the youngest, and the first ever woman, to hold such a residency with the orchestra. She is also currently one of three UK-based composers awarded a fellowship by the PRS for Music Foundation to represent young outstanding British talent at the Classical:NEXT conference in Spring 2022, and a Royal Philharmonic Society Composer 2021-22 working with the Chorus of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Check out where Sarah will be soon
24 April 2022, 3pm
‘Until the thread breaks’
‘Stars and their Consolations’ 
Need a spotlight?
Sbotolau is new series of digital introductions to music creators in Aberystwyth and wider Ceredigion, hosted by MusicFest Aberystwyth. If you are a local music creator or music group and would like a spotlight shone on your work, please do get in touch.