Sarah is a PhD student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University) where she is funded by Midlands4Cities
History of Music
"Training the 'Natural' Voice: Bassini's Art of Singing (1857) and the Historical Use of Register Switching"
(BFE-RMA Research Students' Conference, January 6-8, 2022)
"The Changing Voice of Anastasia Robinson, 1715-1720" (BFE-RMA Research Students' Conference, January 12-14, 2021)
Other Research Interests
Anastasia Robinson (c. 1698 - 1755)
Practical modern vocal pedagogy
Female pubertal vocal mutation
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
The Evolution of a Singing Teacher: The Life and Pedagogy of Carlo Bassini (c1815-1870)
Carlo Bassini (c1815-1870) began his career as an itinerant violinist and finished it as one of the foremost voice teachers in New York. This project will produce the first comprehensive critical examination of Bassini’s singing teaching method, from his earliest published articles (1853) through his six method books (1857-1869), collating his pedagogical techniques and philosophy, and examining them considering modern understanding of vocal physiology. A comprehensive critical biography of Bassini, combined with an analysis of his methods, will bridge the historical and theoretical gap between the bel canto teachings of the late 1700s in Italy and nineteenth-century voice teaching.