Arranger, Assistant Orchestrator & Percussionist – Co-founder of Tonal
Karen has been involved with Tonal from the outset, either as composing assistant or taking part in performances and recordings. She plays percussion for many orchestras and ensembles in London and across the country, most regularly performing with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English National Opera.
Karen has performed for fringe theatre, art installations and promenade productions across the country and abroad, including playing drums for live events, exhibitions and recordings with the Turner prize winning artist Martin Creed and various ‘happenings’ with the Red Ladies.
Karen has also worked as assistant creative and percussionist on many Tonal projects including War and Peace @ the Circus, Yasmine a Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, Claire Barbier and Tonal’s Launch and is one of the co-founders of Tonal.
Two part drama for BBC Radio 4, The Scarlet Pimpernel, starring James Purefoy and Sienna Guillory.
Soundtrack now released through Bucks music. Award winning short film by Josephine Halbert, original score by Sarah Llewellyn.
Tonal celebrates 10 years with a new album ’10’ by Sarah Llewellyn, Claire-Rose Barbier and The Tonal Ensemble
Music composed and produced for the Faber Media Music Academy.
Writing for documentaries, film, animation and drama.
ALBUM OUT NOW – Giffords Circus’ 2012 show, directed by Cal McCrystal. Composer and musical director Sarah Llewellyn led a 10 piece live band with a toe-tapping and tantalizing score to accompany Giffords’ most glamorous show.
Giffords Circus’ sensational 2011 adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace @ the Circus toured England and Wales for 5 months. A fantastic 15 piece live band drove the action with an original and vibrant score by Sarah Llewellyn.
Much Ado About Nothing, Red Shift Theatre UK tour 07/08
TONAL was launched in 2004 with a series of
concerts & performances all around London.