Rachel Sag

An experienced singer, Rachel has been involved in choral singing since the age of 10 and has been a part of many well-known choirs in Adelaide,Melbourne & the UK including: Adelaide Chamber Singers, Graduate Singers, AUCS, FUCS, Corinthian Singers, Gloriana Vocal Ensemble, Oxford Pro Musica Singers, Elder Conservatorium Chorale & Adelaide Symphony Chorus. She has been singing with Lumina since 2004, as well as composing many works for the ensemble.

Rachel studied composition with Carl Crossin at Brighton High School and continued in single studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music under Graham Koehne. Whilst still at school, she won 2 young composers awards, had her first choral work Eli Eli performed by the school choir on its first European tour and had her string quartet Elegy and Dance performed and recorded by the Australian String Quartet as part of their inaugural string quartet workshop. While studying and working as a physiotherapist and experiencing the world through travel, Rachel took a long break from writing and focused her musical energy on singing instead.

Rachel started writing music again in late 2003 with Finding Stuart a ballad for her husband which she performed in lieu of making a speech at their wedding! Her love of choral music and desire for new repertoire then spurred her to turn her efforts to writing and arranging music for the choirs she has been involved with. 

Her compositions Behold A Silly Tender Babe and Through A Glass Darkly were premiered by the Graduate Singers in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Ubirr Rock (premiered by Lumina in 2007), Makeless Maiden, Reflections through the looking glass (premiered by Lumina in 2007) and The Three Ravens (featured in Lumina's MediƦval Magic concert in the 2008 Fringe) were recorded by Lumina in 2008.  She has also composed music for various Hebrew liturgical texts (hymns and psalms) which have been used as part of worship at Beit Shalom Synagogue. More recently, Lumina has premiered Tales from the Top End (2009), Speak of the Devil (2010) and Dodi Li (2012). Dodi Li, with text from the Song of Songs, was written with the joyful experience of a wedding in mind, and only weeks after its premiere the piece was chosen to be performed at the wedding of a Lumina Friend.

Speak of the Devil was written especially for Lumina's 2010 concert Angels vs Demons and is dedicated to her son and little angel (and occasional devil!!) Jonah Ben. It is an unapologetic attempt to make light of (and make fun of) what is indeed a very serious theme for a concert!