Hailed by The Times as "a player of real charisma", Sarah James maintains a diverse and active career as an acclaimed saxophonist, orchestral performer, chamber musician and multi instrumentalist for top UK and international stage productions.
Sarah is an award winning graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music, including receiving the RAM Final Recital Award for 2 consecutive years, and achieving the Dip RAM - the Academy's highest performance award - for her joint final recital playing both saxophone and clarinet. Sarah was subsequently awarded the 2000 Meaker Fellowship and made her critically acclaimed South Bank debut during the same year.
Further competition success includes the KPMG Martin Musical Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Manchester Midday Concerts Society, The Hattori Foundation and the Royal Overseas League International Music Competition.
Sarah's solo engagements include numerous recitals at London's Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, the British Saxophone Congress, live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic Fm, the BBC Proms, the Banff International Festival and on both ABC Australia and South African SABC television and radio. Sarah has commissioned and premiered many new works for saxophone by acclaimed composers including Joe Duddell, Philip Cashian and Nigel Wood.