Sarah Llewellyn

Composer and Artistic Director of Tonal

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Sarah Llewellyn the composer, founder and artistic director of Tonal. She is currently composer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Cameron Mackintosh scheme with Musical Theatre Network


She is a composer and music director who writes for theatre, film, circus and dance throughout the UK and internationally. Sarah is skilled in composition, arrangement, sound design and music production. To mark the 10th year of Tonal she ran a successful kick-starter campaign with Claire-Rose Barbier to record their album “10

photo by Leah Llewellyn

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


Learn more of Sarah’s Current Projects listen to and search for music in the library


Jonathan Holloway, Artistic Director Red Shift Theatre Company

“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 both on Much Ado and Giffords Circus, and for our Edinburgh show 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 not an easy listening style composer who creates the predictable. She is infinitely creative and a wonderful colleague.”

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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.”

Josephine Halbert, Producer, Told in Pictures
‘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.

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.”Sarah Llewellyn Programme Photo

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.’

Mike McCormack, Director and producer The Bells
“Sarah is a very fine young composer working in theatre, film and circus. Her music for The Bells is beautiful and sometimes appropriately strange. Alongside conventional instruments, she has introduced various percussive bits, musical wine glasses, a wind machine and, of course, a wide range of bells.”



Photo by Shadow Play

Learn more about Sarah’s current projects:


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Learn more about Sarah’s past productions:

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