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Posted By: maeve
28-Jan-14 - 09:22 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Dr. Sarah Morgan R.I.P. (Sep 2013)
Subject: RE: Obit: Dr. Sarah Morgan R.I.P. (Sep 2013)
Here is the text from Herga Kitty's link a couple of posts back- well worth including it here:
Sarah Morgan obituary Su Jordan
The Guardian, Thursday 19 December 2013 09.52 EST
"Sarah Morgan, who has died from cancer aged 65, was a linchpin of the English traditional folk scene. What had begun as a musical interest led her through a capella harmony singing with Mary Eagle, Bread & Roses and Hen Party, to the trio Craig, Morgan, Robson.
She performed regularly, led harmony workshops at folk festivals including Chippenham and Whitby, and founded community choirs in Winchester and Andover with English folk music at the heart of their repertoires – including many of her own arrangements. Recently, she ran conferences on community choirs at Winchester University and at the folk arts centre Cecil Sharp House in London. Her hobby became her profession.
Born in Epsom, Surrey, into an RAF family, Sarah inherited her father Philip Groom's love of music and wicked sense of humour, and her mother Lynette's love of nature. She performed in musicals at her church youth group as a teenager, and a boyfriend encouraged her in solo singing.
After A-levels, Sarah spent time teaching in working-class schools in Liverpool, and this started a journey on which she would find fulfilment through enabling development in others.
In Brighton in the 1960s, while training as a teacher, she married Don Morgan, helping bring up his young children and becoming immersed in the vibrant folk scene. Over the next 25 years, she went from horse-riding instruction to youth training to management training (latterly for Ofcom).
Sarah completed an English degree as a mature student at Reading University. Wanting to continue her education beyond this, in the last weeks of her life she finished her doctoral submission (her PhD was awarded posthumously by Winchester University). Her thesis, Community Choirs - A Musical Transformation: A Review of My Work in Management, Music, Choir Leadership and Folk Song, will be published as an ebook; a Sarah Morgan Foundation is being created to continue her work.
In 1992, she married Steve Jordan, gaining another stepchild – me. In 1995, they moved from Winchester to the small Hampshire village of St Mary Bourne, where Sarah lived and maintained her beautiful cottage and garden until her death. Sarah was an affectionate, generous, highly intelligent woman with a successful career and a busy, full life; an inspirational role model.
Sarah and Steve divorced four years ago. She is survived by another stepdaughter, Angela, me and my daughter Clio - her beloved new grandchild."