Sarah Warne


A graduate of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), Sarah Warne has leapt to prominence as one of the UK’s most exciting young composers for television. She is best known for recent series of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed drama, Humans. This was preceded by her first major drama commission, Red Productions Prey (series 2) and TV documentary A Killing in My Family (Channel 4) which in turn followed on from documentary series Treasures of Ancient Greece and Kate Adie’s Woman of World War One (BBC). 

Recent work includes BBC1 drama Dark Money from BAFTA nominated writer Levi David Addai, which aired this summer, and TV documentaries including The Great British School Swap, feature documentary She’s French (Chalfont Productions), and two feature episodes of the acclaimed true crime series Catching A Killer for Channel 4. Sarah also wrote the music for the BBC documentary about mental health Girls On The Edge.

Prior to the NFTS, Sarah gained a degree in English Literature at Oxford University, and this first kindled her love for narrative and drama. Subsequently she studied contemporary and electronic music composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Though trained initially as a classical harpist and pianist, her music and sonic installations explore a wide variety of genres and musical techniques, both traditional and experimental. Her innovative use of electronics is nowhere better demonstrated than in her score for Humans, although her writing often fuses electronics with acoustic instruments and she is skilled at orchestration. Whether composing with melodic lyricism or crafting a subtle textural underscore, drama and story-telling is always at the core of what Sarah creates. 

Numerous short films on which Sarah has worked have been selected at international festivals including Cannes, Boom, Paris, Milan, Samsung Women’s India, London Short, British Urban, London Fashion Week and The New York Film and TV Festival.  Her Installation work with the artist Rupert Newman has included an interactive installation for Bombay Sapphire Gin in London, lighting up the Four Seasons in Florence, Italy, a Sarah Haywood designed wedding at the Vaux le Vicomte Chateux in France, and lighting up a 48 foot ski jump in Cortina, Italy. London exhibits have taken place at prestigious venues including The Tramshed, The Hospital Club, The House of St. Barnabas, The Rook and Raven Gallery in Soho, The Crate in Notting Hill, and The Royal College of Art. Films for which Sarah has composed music have also received screenings at Channel 4, The Barbican Pit Theatre, Arts Fairs in Berlin and Los Angeles and The National Film and Television School. Her compositions have been performed live in various top UK Performance Venues including The Barbican Centre, The Barbican Pit Theatre, and The Roundhouse. 

Aside from Red Productions and the BBC, Sarah’s clients include Random House Publishing Group, Vermillion Films, Ford, British Telecom, National Geographic, Keo Films, Tate Gallery, In Focus Asia, Very!, Royal College of Physicians, and Precise Pictures. In addition to Rupert Newman Sarah also works on a regular basis with singer-songwriter Anna Holder.  

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