Sarah Llewellyn

Me reflection in piano

Photo by Leah Llewellyn

Sarah Llewellyn, composer and founder of the Tonal ensemble.

Sarah writes for theatre, film, circus and radio throughout the UK and internationally. She is skilled in composition, orchestration, arrangement and sound design.

Sarah is represented by Kate Weston Janet Fillingham Associates

Current projects include;


Composer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company 2017 -2019 on the Cameron Mackintosh scheme with Musical Theatre Network

Her orchestral score for the film ‘A Short Epic About Love’ has now been released on the Bucks Music Label  you can hear extracts and purchase on itunes and on amazon


Josephine Halbert, Director

‘I commissioned Sarah Llewellyn, talented composer, founder and Artistic Director of Tonal to bring her inspiring musical magic to my homage to the vivid visual world of Fellini and Hollywood in 1960s Rome. Sarah has created an engaging and timeless soundtrack perfectly devised and crafted for the film’s theme’

Jonathan Holloway, Writer & Director
“I have worked with a number of extremely talented composers, several of whom are now renowned in the field of music for film and TV, few of whom have understood the peculiarities of composing for live theatre as well as Sarah. She is a talented musician and a perceptive, problem solving collaborator who really ‘gets it. Her work on The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Tale of Two Cities, Much Ado , Caravan, and for the The Fall of Man, has shown many different stylistic gear changes, and her underscoring beautifully supports the images onstage, sometimes cleverly bringing unexpected melodic components to the work which throw the content into stark relief. She is infinitely creative and a wonderful colleague.”

Sarah Llewellyn

Irina Brown, Director of War and Peace @ the Circus
“Sarah is a remarkable composer. An imaginative, vibrant and innovative response to Tolstoy’s masterpiece re-imagined for Giffords’ Circus, Sarah composed a score which is a rich and deeply felt evocation of the Russian spirit in peace and war. Her musical vision creates an exquisite and powerful presence, daring, perceptive & inventive.”

Sarah Llewellyn Programme Photo

Photo by Shadow Play

Iain Weatherby, Writer and Director – Film Oscar and Jim
“Sarah is a terrific collaborator. She responded to Oscar & Jim instinctively and created a beautiful and unique suite for the film, helping us fit it together with the pictures. She’s fun to work with – and she’s fast.”

Molly Molly, Choreographer – Yasmine, a Musical & Caravan, Giffords Circus
‘Sarah’s original live music and unique compositions, energy, and participation contributed enormously to the success of all the shows she helped create. Personally, her music was a major part of why I enjoyed working at Giffords for the 2 shows I directed/choreographed. Her talent and creativity are right up there in my happiest memories.’

Learn more about Sarah’s current projects


Kakenya’s Dream



The Wind Singer

Composer Residency






A Line in the Sand