Sarah Gardiner

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Musical Theatre

Instrument/voice type: Mezzo Soprano

Location: Royal Academy of Music


Sarah Gardiner is a 25-year-old singer/actor originally from Ireland. She found her passion for the performing arts at the age of 10 after joining Performing Arts School Galway. Musical theatre and performance have become something she has been entirely captivated by ever since.

At 18 Sarah moved to the UK to attend Phil Winston's TheatreWorks where she graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2016.In her final year, she achieved her first professional credit as a presenter in an online advert.

Soon after graduating, she began working as a singer for Carnival Cruise Lines in the US, where she gained extensive experience singing with a nine piece band, in numerous styles while also being featured in a large scale rock production show.

In between jobs and auditions, Sarah has utilised her skills and teaching qualifications by teaching performing arts at stage schools, along with performing with a London-based function band.

The outstanding training and opportunities that the MA at Royal Academy of Music provides will be an excellent platform from which to continue her training and fulfill her ambition of pursuing a long-lasting and versatile career in Musical Theatre.

Sarah is extremely grateful and honoured to be supported by Help Musicians as a recipient of the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award as well as being granted a Scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music. She would like to extend a huge thank you to Help Musicians and RAM for this wonderful opportunity, not forgetting her family and friends for their endless support.