Sandra Gayer – Soprano
Sandra’s love of classical music developed when she was thirteen and a natural soulful and spiritual voice was then enhanced, trained and developed into the soprano she is today. This was achieved at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where Sandra was a student for four years, achieving her grade eight singing qualification with distinction within eighteen months.
Born in Zambia and blind/visually impaired almost from birth, Sandra has learned to work exclusively in Braille, including of course, the use of Braille music.
Sandra has appeared in a wide variety of arenas including; theatrical and classical productions, T.V. and radio broadcasts as well as a leading role in ‘Orpheus the Mythical’, a musical written and produced by Sir Richard Stilgoe.
2013 proved to be an exciting year for Sandra. She made her international debut performing at the Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena, Italy, on 09 May. Apart from her solo performances she had the opportunity to sing with members of the Pavarotti Foundation, directed by Maestro Paolo Andreoli of La Scala, Milan. Using her voice in every area of her career, Sandra is a Broadcast Presenter and her Programme ‘Music Box’ on Insight Radio, won an Award at the New York Festivals Radio Programs and Promos Awards on 17 June. An exceptional achievement as she has been broadcasting for just one year. To complete a wonderful year, on 03 December, Sandra gave an outstanding performance at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London.
Apart from her many singing engagements 2014 proved to be extra special for Sandra. Composing a piece of Choral Music to commemorate the First World War for an RNIB competition, she won First Prize, and her piece, Lord of All, was performed by members of the London Youth Choir at the Wigmore Hall, 03 July.
2015 has been an amazing year for Sandra. She was a Soprano Soloist in the opera, Magna Carta, The Freedom Game, which had it’s World Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 May, attended by HRH the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Composed by Hannah Conway with Libretto by Sir Richard Stilgoe and directed by Karen Gillingham, The Freedom Game celebrated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede. The opera told the story of an ordinary Surrey family who had everyday freedoms taken away from them by an evil Dictator, played by Keel Watson. Sam, a young Surrey school boy challenged the Dictator to a computer game to win the freedoms back. With the help of his sister Dora, Sam took us on a journey through history and won back the freedoms such as the right to work, freedom from discrimination, freedom from slavery and freedom to vote. The opera concluded with the poignant message that the game is never over, the game is never won and we need to continue fighting for freedom. Sandra had the opportunity to perform again at the Great Charter Festival, at Royal Holloway University on 14 June and at the major International Commemorative event on 15 June at Runnymede where she was delighted to meet HRH Prince William.
Wishing Your Were Somehow Here Again