24 June 2017: The cathedral choir of St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen will be premiering Sarah's St Andrew's Mass for two choirs, joined by music director Prof Andrew Morrisson and soloists Ross Cumming, Sam Paul, Sarah LeBrocq and Kathleen Cronie (a fellow PhD student at Aberdeen University). This performance is part of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney's annual Gaelic Eucharist, celebrated by Dean Emsley Nimmo, one of the few major Gaelic language events in the Northeast. Read about it in the Press and Journal here.
April/May 2017: The St. Ambrose University Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Nathan Windt, will be performing Sarah's "Shenandoah" alongside works by American, Austrian and Italian composers in Davenport, Iowa at Christ the King Chapel on Thursday 27 April at 7 pm, then taking their program on a European Tour of Milan, Venice and Vienna.
March 2017: Sarah has several performances in the coming weeks.
- Dulciana women's choir, directed by Eoghan Desmond, will be performing Sarah's 'O vos omnes' at Kaleidoscope Night's International Women's Day concert on 8 March at Bello Bar, Dublin, IE. They will be giving a repeat performance at their concert on 3 April at 8 pm at Freemason's Hall, Dublin.
- Additionally on 8 March, the Choir of King's College, Aberdeen will be premiering Sarah's new choral anthem 'Lead me Lord' under the direction of James O'Donnell, organist and master of the choristers at Westminster Abbey.
- On 24 March, Sarah's 'Bealltainn' for organ and percussion will be performed by members of the University of Aberdeen percussion ensemble and Ed Jones, organ scholar of Exeter Cathedral, at 7:30 pm at St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen. The piece opens the programme, which celebrates the culmination of American composer Thomas LaVoy's PhD studies in Aberdeen with the world premiere of his setting of Rabindranath Tagore's "Gitanjali," entitled Endless.
- On 25 March the Cambridge Chorale, directed by Owain Park, will premiere Sarah's new work 'Mater Dei', commissioned for this concert entitled Hymns to the Mother of Christ, 7:30 pm at Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge.
27 January 2017: The University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir's album 'The Immortal Memory - A Burns Night Celebration' debuted at no. 3 in the U.K. classical charts. Additionally, Sarah's "Charlie is my Darling" was featured on Classic FM on 26 January.
12 January 2017: Sarah's arrangement of 'Charlie is my Darling' was given its live premiere at Glenmuick Parish Church in Ballater, Aberdeenshire in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The concert was to celebrate the forthcoming release of 'The Immortal Memory - A Burns Night Celebration' by the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, the proceeds of which will contribute towards the Ballater Flood Appeal. Read about the event (and see photos of Sarah meeting His Royal Highness) in the Press and Journal, and pre-order the disc on Amazon.
21-23 December 2016: Sarah's chorale prelude on 'Joy to the World' was performed at the University of Aberdeen's Nine Lessons and Carols concert by Ed Jones, organ scholar of Essex Cathedral, at St Marylebone Parish Church, London. The concert was recorded and broadcast by Classic FM on 23 December; the broadcast is available here. Classic FM garners an audience of about 5.5 million listeners per week.
Additionally, Dr Jones will give a repeat performance at Exeter Cathedral at matins, Christmas Day.
December 2016: Sarah has joined the innovative online self-publishing marketplace MusicSpoke. Read about her featured Score of the Week on MusicSpoke's blog here: "I think Sarah has done something different and original enough here that it is worth your time to listen... We are changed because of the journey. We've crossed the wide river, and there isn't really a way back." - Kurt Knecht
Shenandoah is now for sale through MusicSpoke at $2.00 per copy, along with her choral cycle 'When only the moon rages' on texts by Dylan Thomas and her 'Godspeed the day' for solo viola.
30 November 2016: Watch Sarah work with secondary schoolers in Aberdeen to produce brand new compositions as part of the BBC Ten Pieces education initiative, on the BBC website.
2 November 2016: Join Sarah and Spectrum New Music Ensemble for 'The Voice: Chamber Music of Morten Lauridsen' at 8 pm in King's College Chapel. The evening features several chamber works by Lauridsen including Jillian Bain Christie, soprano, performing "Cuatro Canciones" on poetry of Lorca. The evening will conclude with the world premiere of "The Vox Collection" by Bryce Hope, winner of the Carlaw | Ogston Composition Award.
8 October 2016: The University of Aberdeen recorded Sarah's cheeky arrangement of 'Charlie is my Darling' at St Mary's Chapel, Blairs, conducted by John Frederick Hudson.
6 October 2016: Sarah's piece 'Flowers of the Forest', inspired by Mendelssohn's Schottische-National Lieder, was performed at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace to a sold-out audience by the German Choir of London, directed by Barbara Hoefling.
August-September 2016: The Gesualdo Six will be giving repeat performances of Sarah's madrigal 'because my love' on a text by Rossetti throughout their summer tour in England. For more information on their performances, visit their website.
4 July 2016: Sarah's piece 'Bealltainn' for organ and percussion was premiered at Beall Hall, University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, by Alex Bean, organ and Crystal Chu and Joseph Bohigian, percussion, as part of the Oregon Bach Festival.
18 June 2016: Sarah's arrangement of 'O Shenandoah' was premiered by the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir at the North Wales International Music Festival, St Asaph, Wales.
Update: listen to the piece here.
Summer 2016: Sarah will be attending Oregon Bach Festival's Composers Symposium from 26 June to 8 July, where she will be studying with composer-in-residence James MacMillan, Symposium director Robert Kyr and others. Her piece 'Bealltainn' for organ and percussion, written specifically for the Festival, will be premiered during her time there.
27 May 2016: Sarah has recently been working as the administrator for the University of Aberdeen's new music label, Vox Regis, which is releasing its inaugural CD 'O Sacrum Convivium' by the Choir of King's College, Aberdeen.
Join the Choir for a concert and the release of the CD on 27 May at 1:10 pm in the Chapel at the University of Aberdeen. The record has already received good press with recent radio broadcasts previewing the CD on 'The Choir' on BBC Radio 3 (at 36:00) and 'Classics Unwrapped' on BBC Radio Scotland (at 1:22:00).
The CD is already available for purchase in the United States via Amazon and iTunes, and will be available in the UK for purchase after the formal release.
23 March 2016 - join SPECTRUM New Music Ensemble at 8 pm in King's College Chapel for the Carlaw | Ogston Composition Award concert of finalists and award announcement, featuring world premieres by six Aberdeen University undergraduate and MMus composers. The winner of the Award will receive a £1000 commission to write a larger work for SPECTRUM to be premiered in November 2016 alongside chamber works by guest composer-in-residence, Morten Lauridsen.
Sarah is serving as artistic director of the ensemble, currently and for the 2016-17 season. Event information here.
20 March 2016: Sarah will be traveling to Vilnius, Lithuania for the premiere of her "O vos omnes" for unaccompanied SSAA chorus by MELOS Chamber Choir -- 5 pm at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as part of their concert for Holy Week.
Event information here.
29 January 2016: Join Marischal Chamber Orchestra, violist Nicola Boag and conductor Chris Gray for a programme of Britten and Hindemith, plus new works by Sarah and fellow Aberdeen composer Thomas LaVoy. Friday 29 January, 7:30 pm @ King's College Chapel, University of Aberdeen.
26 September 2015: Listen to Sarah's latest recording, performed by the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir at King's College Chapel, 24 September 2015.
21 August 2015: View Sarah's most recent feature on Composers Circle, featuring her new work "godspeed the day" for solo viola, written and performed at Bowdoin International Music Festival by Alex McLaughlin.
July 2015: Two of Sarah's recent works, "flowers in the sidewalk cracks" (an excerpt from her recent piano trio) and "godspeed the day" for solo viola to be performed at Bowdoin International Music Festival, 28 July at 6:30 pm in Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus, Brunswick, Maine.
May 2015: View Sarah's feature as part of the Carlaw / Ogston Composition Competition on the University of Aberdeen website: http://abdn.ac.uk/music/carlaw-ogston-composition-award-2015-507.php As winner of this competition, Sarah will complete a new commission to be performed by "Spectrum" New Music Ensemble in November 2015.
April 2014: Sarah Rimkus named an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winner: http://www.ascap.com/press/2014/0331-morton-gould-young-composer-awards.aspx Also featured on the University of Aberdeen website and USC Thornton alumni accomplishments.