Sarah Fisher is a percussionist and pianist based in Gateshead, North East England. Originally from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, Sarah moved to the North East to study Community Music at Sage Gateshead through Sunderland University. Sarah graduated with a first class honours degree in 2015. The percussionist is now a community musician working on various projects across the country. Sarah works for Drake Music who specialise in Music, Disability and Tech and lead sessions for people with disabilities. Throughout Autumn 2017 she has been leading a project to write and record original protest songs with various groups of all ages and abilities around England, with Graeae Theatre Company as part of their Reasons To Be Cheerful tour. The artist is also a Project Musician at Sage Gateshead and works on a project called Community Music Spark which aims to train young people with disabilities to lead and deliver their own community music activities.
Sarah has Cerebral Palsy and a movement disorder which affects her left side and speech, this has given her an insight into how powerful music can be for people with disabilities as it has helped her to become the musician she is today. As Sarah’s speech is affected, over the years she has developed her own way of leading sessions where she focuses on ‘more playing, less saying’. This approach was developed through her undergraduate dissertation called A way not The way... which she has developed and shared at various conferences across the UK.