|Following studies as a scholar with John White at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and with Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Sarah-Jane received numerous awards from Young Concert Artists Trust, Royal Over-Seas League (Bernard Shore Award), the Trevor Snoad Award (Martin Trust), Leverhulme, Myra Hess, Countess of Munster, Fleming, Alban Berg, and Abbado Trusts. She was a prizewinner|
at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, followed by two first prizes in Spain at Capellades and Sant Joan de Vilatorrada in 1995.
Sarah-Jane made her Wigmore Hall debut
in 1997 and has played there many times since, along with other high profile
concerts including the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
Subsequently Sarah-Jane has recorded the Arthur Butterworth Viola Concerto for Dutton in May 2008 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the composer conducting in his celebratory 85th birthday year. The CD of his Viola Concerto and Fourth Symphony was released in February 2009.
Sarah-Jane also recorded the Delius double concerto in the version for violin and viola with Philippe Graffin and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones in January 2009. This was released on Dutton Epoch in May 2009 and was Classic FM Editor's Choice.
Sarah-Jane gave the world premiere of Paul Patterson's Viola Concerto at the 2009 Hampstead and Highgate Festival, and premiered his Elegiac Blues for viola and piano in December 2008. She recorded the viola concerto with George Vass and Orchestra Nova, released on Dutton Epoch in October 2010.
In May 2011 Sarah-Jane recorded Arthur Benjamin's Elegy, Waltz and Toccata for viola and orchestra, and the Romantic Fantasy for violin, viola and orchestra with violinist Lorraine McAslan and the RSNO with John Gibbons conducting.
In July 2011 Sarah-Jane gave the premiere of Matthew Taylor's Viola Concerto "5Humoreskes" with Sinfonia Tamesa and is due to record this work with the BBCSO and Garry Walker for Toccata Classics in January 2013.
Future premieres include the double concerto by David Matthews with violinist Sara Trickey at the Presteigne Festival in 2013.
More recently Sarah-Jane has been invited to join the London Soloists Ensemble with distinguished players Lorraine McAslan (violin), Karina Georgian (cello), Anthony Pike (clarinet) and John Lenehan (piano). The group was acclaimed for performances of the Stanford 2nd piano quartet, notably at the John Ireland in Chelsea Festival, and is due to record a CD of quintets by Vaughan Williams for Naxos in July 2013.
Sarah-Jane also works with pianists John Lenehan, Martin Roscoe, Geoffrey Pratley, Tom Poster and Anthony Hewitt. Other chamber music collaborations include the Rautio Piano Duo and an exciting fusion with the virtuoso violin duo "Retorica" with Harriet McKenzie and Philippa Mo focusing on 20th/21st century repertoire.
Her numerous well-received recordings for Dutton, Chandos and Hyperion include the
complete Beethoven String Trios which was runner-up for the 1999 Gramophone Award, the recording of John Pickard's String Quartets with the Sorrel Quartet which was Gramophone Editor's Choice in 2002, and the Elgar Quartet and Quintet which received a top nomination on BBC Radio 3.
Sarah-Jane is currently working with pianist Anthony Hewitt, director of the Ulverston Festival, in a partnership that toured Britain successfully as a selected duo for Making Music for 2008/2009. Their Naxos recording of East European Romantic Works for Viola and Piano was released on digital download in June 2010, when it was also featured in an article in The Strad, 'Echoes of the East'; and was released on CD in September 2011. Sarah-Jane recorded a further CD for Naxos of "English Viola Music" with pianist Christian Wilson, released to high acclaim in September 2012. Sarah-Jane has also recorded the Sonatina by William Alwyn with Sophia Rahman for the William Alwyn Foundation for Naxos, released in July 2010.
Sarah-Jane plays on a viola by G.A.Chanot of Manchester, 1896