Sarah Moule

b. Sarah Connearn, 5 August 1961, St. Leonards-On-Sea, Sussex, England. When she was growing up Moule did a lot of harmony singing, mostly with English folk songs. After attending the University of London,…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography

b. Sarah Connearn, 5 August 1961, St. Leonards-On-Sea, Sussex, England. When she was growing up Moule did a lot of harmony singing, mostly with English folk songs. After attending the University of London, where she read French, she did sessions for songwriters and sang backing vocals with soul group Into The Red. She met Scottish guitarist Alex Gillan with whom she began writing and also performing jazz standards in a vocal and guitar duo. Through Gillan, she met Tim Garland: ‘He put me in touch with Claire Martin, my first vocal coach, who encouraged my interest in vocal and instrumental jazz.’ Moule then had a two-year residency in London’s Soho in duo with Australian guitarist Mark Johns. It was then that she met Ian Shaw and Simon Wallace and became ‘obsessed with new songs Wallace was writing with Fran Landesman and began performing some of them.’ These songs would later form the basis for her 2002 debut, It’s A Nice Thought. Moule also studied singing formally with former English National Opera soloist Ken Woollam. She worked with the John Wilson Orchestra from its inception in the mid-90s through to 2003, and recorded with the band (This Is The John Wilson Orchestra). From 2002, she sang, too, with saxophonist John C. Williams’ Rockin’ In Rhythm band. Among instrumentalists with whom she has worked are Jeff Clyne, John Critchinson, Pat Crumly, Dave Green, Mick Hutton, Phil Lee, Richard Newby, David Newton, Dick Pearce, John Pearce, Jim Richardson, Paul Robinson, Len Skeat, Trevor Tompkins, Don Weller, and Bobby Worth.

Attracting close and approving attention in UK jazz circles from the late 90s on into the early 00s, Moule developed a following owing to her rich vocal sound and meaningful interpretations of her repertoire which draws from standards, jazz pieces and contemporary pop, interlaced with original songs. In April 2005, Moule recorded three tracks for a new album with the BBC Concert Orchestra.