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They seek him here, they seek him there. . .

Posted on Monday, December 4th, 2017

Tune in on Sunday the 10th and Sunday the 17th of Dec and enjoy Jonathan Holloway’s The Scarlet Pimpernel on BBC Radio 4

‘Muscular acting, pungent words, threat and jeopardy replace the whimsy of other adaptations and are floated on a contemporary, filmic score written by Sarah Llewellyn, with sound design by Wilfredo Acosta.’

produced by Sally Harrison from Woolyback Productions

Holloway’s political interpretation is brought to life by an ensemble cast including, James Purefoy starring as Sir Percy Blakeney Sienna Guillory as Marguerite Blakeney and Enzo Cilenti as the spine-chilling revolutionary soldier, Henri Chauvelin.


RSC Sarah’s latest blog!

Posted on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Sarah is halfway through her composer residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company here is her latest blog for them. Mischief and Metamorphoses

Three Tales from Ovid_ R_D workshop_2017_Photo by Sam Allard _c_ RSC_221658

R & D week for three tales from Ovid adapted by Amber Hsu Photo by Sam Allard © RSC


Second Blog Post for RSC

Posted on Monday, June 12th, 2017

My second blog for RSC, Sarah x


recording Jim waterphone

Mischief Festival Double Bill Earthworks and Myth

Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Come and join the Mischief Festival and see this double bill opening at RSC’s The Other Place Opens Wed the 24th of May and runs to June 17th.

More info/ book tickets




Blog for RSC ‘Feeling Lucky’

Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

During her residency Sarah’s writing a blog for the RSC, here is the first post Feeling Lucky’ April 2017.

photo by Sara Beaumont © RSC

photo by Sara Beaumont © RSC

Edinburgh’s Calling!

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood we open at the Pleasance on the 3rd of August, it’s on every day during the Edinburgh Festival at 2.40pm. Here is a taster of ‘Carton’s’ music, featuring Francesca Simmons on musical saw.

Tonal is 10!

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015

Apologies for not updating this page  in a while. It’s been a busy time. Last summer  we launched a successful kick-starter campaign to create, record and produce a new album. We had a fantastic live launch in London this summer and brought more players into the ensemble. We can now announce it is officially launched across digital platforms and we have beautiful limited physical copies available to purchase if you prefer.

Tonal 10 Digital Release from Leah Llewellyn on Vimeo.

This album celebrates the 10th anniversary of Tonal and the culmination of a 6 year French/British collaboration between Sarah Llewellyn, Claire-Rose Barbier and the Tonal Ensemble. ’10’ now available through itunes, amazon, spotify and other online retailers. 10 album cover Visit the ’10’ page to see clips, listen to extracts and get more info. Pictures of rehearsal, recording and live launch will soon be available in the gallery. As well as some really special music, the album has been lovingly designed by Claire and Celine. They spent some serious time crafting the

packaging and creating the additional artwork to ensure 10 not only sounds beautiful, but looks amazing too. All physical orders come with a hand-printed thank-you card and while stocks last a signed photo. We are going to be launching our online shop over the next few weeks but you can just drop us email in the meantime.

“A great mid-winter chiller”

Posted on Sunday, January 12th, 2014

The Bells ImageSarah returns to the city of her youth, Liverpool, to work on a very original project, The Bells, a piece of 19th century psychological realism delving into the destructive power of a bad conscience.

It’s been a fascinating challenge for Sarah to bring such a play back to life, and the music plays a central role in this dramatisation. Deborah’s ground breaking adaptation places the band on stage throughout in full view of the audience with all the musicians also play acting roles.

To echo the play’s bizarre darkness, Sarah has introduced various percussive bits alongside conventional instruments, musical wine glasses, a wind machine and, of course, a wide range of bells.

Read more about the play here

Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Thu 23 – Sat 25 Jan | 8pm | £10 (£8 conc)
Click here to book tickets


A “Femmes Fantastique” nomination at the 11th London Short Film Festival

Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014

11th London Short Film FestivalWe are extremely excited to announce that the Josephine Halbert’s film, “A Short Epic About Love” will make its World Premiere in London on 11th January 2014.

Book Tickets

Told in Pictures’ latest production, for which the music was written last year by Sarah and Karen, is about to make its World Premiere this month at the BAFTA affiliated 11th London Short Film Festival, the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film and is renowned for revealing the very best of the country’s raw talent.

Josephine Halbert’s film offers a unique and original take on the much spoken and much read about romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Tim Burton during the filming of Hollywood’s most glamorous epic, Cleoptra, by taking us backstage to discover “the other” love affair.

The film will be shown at 15h30 in Cinema 1 alongside nine other shorts.






The Mall, London


Read more about “A Short Epic About Love”

Visit the film’s website

And as the days get shorter…

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013

Following some creative days over the summer, some new pieces are ready to share with you, SL

Butterflys (S) – A magical, light place, fantasy, mystery land, electro-acoustic experiment using a fragment of music composed for the film A Short Epic About Love and combining that with percussion, electronics and effects


Frogs (S) – Lively, rhythmic playful dance for marimba and piano


Leaders Convene (S) – Epic, orchestral, thematic, sense of grandeur and forward momentum


Moneyscape (S) – Electroacoustic soundscape, Coin drops, running water, stamps, claps, tension build


To listen to more new music visit the library