Sarah Newbold studied the flute with Atarah Ben-Tovim and Alan Lockwood at Huddersfield Polytechnic and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Peter Lloyd. She then spent a year at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.
Sarah is a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the New London Orchestra and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic. As a freelance player she works with most of the orchestras in Britain. Sarah is able to work in a great variety of musical styles and situations including opera, symphony and chamber orchestra, film sessions, contemporary music, period instrument, solo and chamber music. She is a member of Dragonfly, Cardiff Winds and the Alvor Ensemble
Since 1989 Sarah has been a Professor of Flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is sought after as an adjudicator and examiner and has given masterclasses and recitals in Greece, Finland and Norway. She has also been the coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain since 2009. In September 2010, she joined the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as a flute tutor. Sarah is a licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As an accompanist, Zoë Smith has worked extensively in the UK and internationally with both singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, she has accompanied many soloists in the UK and abroad.
She has received prizes in song accompaniment and has also specialised in flute repertoire, working in masterclasses and recitals with many leading flautists including Alexa Still and Alain Marion, and recording three CDs for flute and piano.
Since 1999 she has worked at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she is now Head of Postgraduate Programmes, coaching chamber music and performing with many of the distinguished visiting artists. In July 2015 she was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. More recently, Zoë recorded a CD of Welsh solo piano music for Ty Cerdd, which was released at the National Eisteddfod in August 2019.