Head of Strings

Sara Stagg

Sara was born and grew up in Kenya, where she started learning the violin. After being heavily involved with music at Christ’s Hospital School, Sara graduated from Manchester University with Honours in Music alongside studying with the Lindsay Quartet. She has subsequently been awarded an LRSM Diploma while studying with Dennis Simons, the former leader of the BBC Philharmonic, and Vesselin Gellev, the co-principle of London Philharmonic. 

Sara makes frequent solo appearances with many different orchestras, most recently performing Malcolm Arnold’s Double Violin Concerto, Vivaldi’s Winter and a Mozart Violin Concerto in Bath, and The Lark Ascending and Beethoven’s Romance in London. In addition to leading the Bath Concertino, Sara is the leader of the North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra, leader and guest conductor of the Argyle Orchestra in Bath, lead violinist of the Bath Spa Quartet and gives regular masterclasses to local orchestras. She is guest leader of the Bristol Classical Players (working with soloists such as Stephen Hough and Jenifer Pike) and leader of the Bristol Chamber Orchestra, Tessitoura. She also regularly performs with Bristol Opera. Sara has previously been guest leader for the Worthing Philharmonic and the Horsham Symphony Orchestra on tour, and leader of the Dorking Chamber Orchestra. 

In addition to her role at Marlborough, Sara currently teaches violin and viola at Westonbirt School and has been involved in creating a book, Stringbabies, designed to easily introduce very young pupils to the violin.