Sandie Middleton is a pianist based in Bristol, UK, performing with choirs, chambers ensembles and as a solo pianist. She writes and performs her own music, and will be releasing her debut album ‘A Murmuration of Starlings’ in spring 2021. She holds an MA in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a BMus from Cardiff University, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Griffiths Prize.
‘A Murmuration of Starlings’
With sparkling harmonies, swirling textures, and sweeping melodies, the music on this debut solo piano album performed and composed by Sandie Middleton is evocative of birds, water, and natural and emotional landscapes. Recorded at St Georges’ Bristol, the compositions weave together influences of contemporary classical, atmospheric, folk and pop music. The music was recorded by Daniel Inzani, and the album artwork was designed by Isla Middleton.
With Bristol Youth Choir Sandie has performed in venues such as St Georges’ Bristol and Bristol Beacon (formerly Colston Hall). They performed in Bristol Cathedral as part of the High Sheriffs Concert in July 2019, an event celebrating diversity, and bringing choirs together from across the city to performed the specially commissioned work ‘As One’ by Toby Young. With City Voices Bristol Sandie has performed in regular tours in Croatia, taking part in the FAKS Sings Festival 2017, 2018, and 2019. Sandie works with Keynsham and Bath Good Afternoon Choirs, which bring people together to sing in the afternoons, and have performed in the Good Afternoon Choir Big Sing 2018 in Bath Forum and in Big Sing 2019 in Clifton Cathedral. Sandie teaches piano pupils in Bristol, encouraging an enthusiasm for music-making.
In 2015 Sandie completed a placement at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatorio di Musica in Florence, Italy, accompanying vocal and clarinet classes. Working with Lost Chord, she performs in care homes and hospitals for people with dementia. Sandie is passionate about sharing the positive experience of live music, making great music and bringing people together.