Sarah Hopkins is a freelance composer/performer with a background in classical and contemporary cello performance. Her major instruments are cello, voice and whirlies (instruments produced from corrugated hosing of different lengths and diameters). Sarah studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music High School, the Victorian College of the Arts Music School and then completed her training in Britain and Europe whilst in receipt of an International Fellowship from the Music Board of the Australia Council.
Sarah has been composing since 1976 in an expansive, pure musical style, which resonates with the space and energy of the Australian landscape. She composes solo and ensemble music of a holistic nature, which draws upon the natural beauty of the cello, voice, whirly instruments and handbells.
Sarah tours both nationally and internationally performing her music and working as artist-in-residence. She has represented Australia at many prestigious events, notably the Paris Autumn Festival (1983) and the 1988 International Composers Symposium, Telluride, Colorado, USA. For Tasdance Sarah has composed music for G-Vehicle, Cross Stitch, Sound Playground and She Oak Sings.