Session Experience

A solo and ensemble player, Sarah has developed a knowledge of the inner workings of the recording process through recording sessions for the Australian award-winning electronic music duo Electric Fields, five-time Aria award winner Katie Noonan, Elixir & Michael Leunig, Australian singer-songwriters Ziggy Alberts, Jack Carty, British singer songwriter Emily Maguire and other emerging artists at MixMasters, Wizard Tone, Yama-Nui and Airlock Studios around Australia.

River Suite Orchestra Studio
“I had the pleasure of working with Sarah on the string recordings for Elixir’s lastest album release, ‘A Small Shy Truth’. Her skills, efficiency and warmth during sessions contributed to the energy in the room and overall feel of the recording.”

String Arranging

One of the most important characteristics shared by all instruments in the string family is the wide range of tonal colours that the violin, viola and cello are capable of producing. Live strings on a recording create warmth, texture, and nuance a particular song or musical moment needs. While lyrics can hold much emotional weight, strings almost always elevate the impact of the lyrics with their ability to sustain harmonic chords or through slides, vibrato, ornamentation and bowing articulations. 

Sarah works closely with Yama-Nui Recording Studio, a world class recording facility hidden away in Kiel’s Mountain on the Sunshine Coast. Established by renowned musicians PaulieB and OJ Newcomb Yama-Nui has been producing award winning records for some of Australia’s most successful independent artists since 2017.

Ziggy Alberts, Bliss’n’Eso, Jordan Rakai, Urthboy, Wolfmother, Macy Gray, Bobby Alu, The Go-Betweens, Mat McHugh, Tim Freedman, Katie Noonan, Resin Dogs, N’FA, Lachlan ‘Laneous’ Mitchel, Kooii, Daniel Merriwether, Sarah Blasko, Ariel, Delta Goodrem, Pat Tierney, Kingfisha, Kurilpa Reach, Jelly Oshen, Bearfoot, Andrea Kirwin.

Sarah’s recent album arrangements include award winning Queensland artists Ziggy Alberts, The Dawn Light and Andrea Kirwin.

"We are so thrilled with Sarah's arrangements for our album. They enhanced and uplifted our songs more than we could ever have imagined. She has an incredible versatility in arranging for different styles and capturing the essence of each song."

String Sessions

A professional string player, Sarah coordinates string sessions at Yama-Nui Recording Studio. The benefit of being both a session player and arranger provides artists with a seamless and efficient experience.

Only 15 mins from the beach with picturesque views to the trees from both control room and live rooms, Yama-Nui is full of refreshing and nourishing creative options.

The studio offers a stunning visual and acoustic environment featuring a hybrid setup of both true analogue and digital technologies. With 32 analogue inputs, excellent sight lines and full patching flexibility between rooms, the studio is fully equipped to handle any project from soloists to full live band recordings.

Yama-Nui Resident String Quartet

Available for recording projects and live performances, the Yama-Nui String Quartet features Sunshine Coast and Brisbane based professional string players, each with Conservatorium training and over 20 years of performing experience.

We pride ourselves on offering a resident quartet who are recognised as world class musicians with national and international experience.

A performer, composer, teacher and audio producer, Michael has a broad range of experience throughout the classical, gypsy jazz, flamenco, pop and rock genres.

A soloist with Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and Violinist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Doch Gypsy Orchestra, Gerard Mapstone and the Dale Cane Flamenco Company, Taraf Tambal Romanian Folk Music Ensemble and Laique Gypsy Jazz Band, Michael has toured nationally and internationally and is currently a performer and recording artist with The Black Square String Quartet.

Michael has composed and arranged music for ‘The Voice’ TV show and the NRL Final. He is the principal recording violinist for Jaguar Jonze and has worked in sessions with Daniel O’Brien, known for the TV series ‘Bluey.’

An ensemble and orchestral player, Sarah has freelanced throughout Australia’s major Arts and Cultural Festivals performing in musical theatre, opera and contemporary music & dance productions at Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane Festival, Noosa Alive, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival, WOMADelaide, and Adelaide Fringe Festival, supporting International and Australian artists including Vince Jones, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, The SuperJesus, The Whitlams, Il Divo, The Ten Tenors, Deborah Cheetham, Jherek Bischoff, Meow Meow, Elixir, Eddie Perfect, Roscoe James Irwin, Adam Page, Matthew Sheens and Bandaluzia Flamenco. 

Viola - Dan Williams

A freelance Violist with the Sydney Symphony and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Dan has performed in musicals, recording sessions for movie soundtracks and rock bands working with International artists Glen Hansard, Led Zeppelin, ELO, and Robbie Williams. 

An independent contemporary cellist, Louise is equally comfortable in the sonic worlds of new music, experimental improvisation, classical, baroque, jazz and global folk traditions working with leading Australian artists such as John Farnham, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Jack Carty, Karl Williams, Ziggy Alberts, Eric Avery, Joe Geia, and Fred Leone.

"Sarah has worked on several of my performance and recording projects over the last 20 years. Her musicality and commitment contribute to the quality of each project she’s been involved in. She is a joy to work with."

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String Arrangements

String Solo

$90 per song

String Duo or Trio

$150 per song

String Quartet

$200 per song

String Sessions

Minimum 3 Hour Call

$250 per player

Day Rate 10am – 4pm

$500 per player

Three Days

$1200 per player

Live String Quartet

Rehearsal – Max 1 Hour

$400

Soundcheck – Max 30 Mins

$200

Performance – Max 3 Hours

$800

*Prices are a guide only and will vary  

"Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it"
Stevie Wonder