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Sarah Marks studied viola at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with John Glickman, winning the Butler Prize for Viola in 1980. After college, she spent two years playing with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. On returning to Britain, Sarah freelanced with various orchestras, including Saddlers Wells Royal Ballet, the Halle and the BBC Philharmonic before taking a full time job with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (RLPO) in 1986.

Sarah left the RLPO in 1989 after Dan was born. She trained in Suzuki Violin Method with the BSI and started teaching the violin developing her group lessons into a series of small ensembles which are now known as Southport String Ensemble. She has also studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics (music and movement), and Kodaly (singing) and has a Licentiate Diploma in Music Education from Trinity College of Music.

Sarah developed her own Early Years Music Programme over the last 16 years publishing 2 Books and CDs of her own songs and games. She is currently working for the RLPO’s Early Years Programme, teaches class music in two village schools in West Lancs, is a creative practioner for Curious Minds, Merseyside, a singing leader for West Lancs Sing Up and a founder member of Kaleidoscope Arts, a co-operative of music/art/dance/creative-writing practitioners delivering multi-arts projects into schools on Merseyside. She plays with her Ceilhi Band, Gallimaufry leading country dance workshops in schools and playing for private functions.

Sarah is married to Alexander Marks, 1st Violinist in the RLPO, and together they have 3 children, Dan, Isobel and Ellie.