EX CATHEDRA | Sacha Fullerton - alto

From our ‘Summer Music by Candlelight’ programme 2022

Sacha began singing in Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir at the age of 16, where she is now one of the first women to hold a layclerk position under the direction of Adrian Partington. She studied music at Glasgow University, followed by an MMus at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied with Lorna Anderson. 

She currently lives in Gloucester with her husband Charlie and daughter Laurel, and teaches singing at the Crypt school. 

1. How long have you been a member of Ex Cathedra and why did you join?

My first concert with Ex Cathedra was A Brazilian Christmas in Town Hall in 2016, but my Ex Cathedra journey really began the following year when I was one of the first Scholars in 2017. It was such a fantastic year that I’ll never forget- have never experienced a welcome as warm!

2. What does a typical day look like for you?

I currently look after my 17 month old daughter Laurel full time as my husband does night shifts, so my days are typically spent covered in yoghurt and wet wipes- until the evening when I head off to do evensong at Gloucester Cathedral where I am a layclerk. Very different activities but both greatly enjoyed! 

3. If you could choose to perform again any piece you have performed before with Ex Cathedra, what would it be, and & why?

I’m going to have to pick two! In terms of larger scale works, Rachmaninoff Vespers. I stood in at the last minute to perform this in October 2019, it was absolutely glorious! 

For my second one, I absolutely loved singing Joy in the morning by Joubert in the Christmas Candlelight concerts a few years ago. It sums up that feeling of festive excitement perfectly.

4. What’s your musical “guilty secret”?

I wasn’t introduced to the choral tradition until my late teens, so I spent many years immersed in musical theatre/pop singing- the highlight of which has to be my performance in my school’s Stars in their Eyes competition of ‘Gimme gimme gimme’ by Abba, in a specially hired costume. I didn’t win- not sure if that makes it more or less embarrassing! My love of Abba is still alive but I’m sticking to listening to the CDs these days.